Magnetracks


Year: 
2011-2013
Description: 

Magnetracks is a multimedia educational toolkit that aims to teach kids Newtonian physics. It consists of both a tangible and computer based component that allows students to transistion between observed behaviors and their numeric representation by using the computer vision system as a congnitive bridge between the two systems. MagneTracks consists of dynamic, tabgible, magnetic tracks that attach to a vertical whiteboard, a computer-based tracking program, and curriculum challenge activity cards. While magneTracks is specifically focused on teaching physics concepts, its dynamic nature allows it to educate in other STEM fields. MagneTracks pulls from the educational theories of Affordance Theory, Cognitive Load Theory, Constructionism, Constructivism, and Activity theory. It is also intended to be low-cost so that students from underprivilage backgrounds are not excluded. (Magnetracks was created by alum Andrea Miller, now at the Harvard Graduate School of Education)