Scratch in the Service of Science Education

Using scratch to support Science education in schoo.
Ronit Ben-Bassat Levy

We investigated the use of Scratch for facilitating learning of middle-school biology. The students were volunteers who participated in an extracurricular activity: first, the students attended sessions at our institution where they studied both Scratch and biology; then, they developed projects under supervision in class or at home. These projects were supervised by two teachers, one from biology and one from computer science. We observed the activity, interviewed the students and administered questionnaires on attitudes. The results showed that a project that was developed under direct supervision of the teachers demonstrated a better quality of programming in Scratch, as well as a more extensive knowledge of biology. All students held high positive attitudes towards the use Scratch and preferred to learn biology via using Scratch. The presentation will explain our method of teaching science with Scratch and demonstrate several projects that were developed by the students.


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