Phonelabs: A Mobile Phone Based STEM Lab To Support Active Learning in Physics And Mathematics

ID: 49519 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Robert Fitzgerald, Simon Leonard, and Matt Bacon, INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education & Training, University of Canberra, Australia
  2. Sivam Krish, University of Canberra, Australia

Wednesday, June 29 5:15 PM-7:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C

Presider: Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education, United States

Abstract: Gaps and misconceptions in understanding of basic mathematics and physics concepts present a serious and persistent problem in both school and undergraduate programs. PhoneLabs is an innovative mobile approach to inquiry learning in STEM education ( It is an open source educational initiative comprising a series of web apps (e.g. measurement, acceleration) that run on any smartphone. The PhoneLabs project allows students to develop computational thinking by capturing, modelling and analysing the mathematics and physics of the real world. Through this process they can develop insights, understandings and mathematical knowledge that goes well beyond traditional measurement activities which are often limited by access to laboratories, measurement tools and readily accessible measureable objects. In our approach we are trying to make that shift from numbers to data through Computational Thinking by using mobile phone sensor data to log and display data in powerful ways.


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