The NAWIlino-Box – A Science Exploration Kit and Its Use in Practical Teacher Training

  • L. Bröll
  • J. Friedrich
  • M. Oetken
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Abstract

Based on the fact that many teachers in primary school do not feel competent to teach science, the NAWIlino-Box was designed at the University of Education in Freiburg as part of a current thesis project. Especially pupils in primary school are interested in scientific topics. The NAWIlino-Box picks up this interest and illustrates scientific coherence with conceptually clear experiments. Pupils can use the NAWIlino-Box during their whole primary school time. Key content like sustainability is just as important as the ability to inspire children for scientific experiments. With our portable learning laboratory pupils get the possibility to expose themselves to science for longer periods, so that they can explore and encourage their own skills. Although the choice of experiments implemented had originally been geared towards the curriculum of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the NAWIlino-Box has no features barring its use on a national level, as shown by a comparison of federal curricula in Germany. To complement each experimental unit, we developed individual solution sheets and didactical and methodical advice for integration of the material in class.

Keywords

Coherence 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank “Fonds der chemischen Industrie,” “Lernort Labor,” “badenova,” and “Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg” for supporting this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Bröll
    • 1
  • J. Friedrich
    • 1
  • M. Oetken
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Education Freiburg, Institute for Biology, Chemistry, Geography and PhysicsFreiburgGermany

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