The production of Science and Technology can only take place when the educational system is capable of developing students’ interest for Science and the skills necessary for learning. It is with this in mind that we present the Eureka! Project. A robust system for teaching the Sciences that allows students to practice what was theoretically taught, in addition to stimulating and challenging them to seek new knowledge.
The Eureka! Project is an interdisciplinary system for teaching the Sciences developed for the high school level. It consists of over 100 educational experiments designed to be completed by the students themselves, in addition to scripts for the teachers.
It involves the application of a new methodology for teaching the Sciences. For this purpose, we developed a series of portable kits (LabBox), packaged in safe material, that transform any space into a complete laboratory. What’s more, the kit is also 100% reusable, with a long useful life and extremely low maintenance cost.
Eureka! Project Highlights:
- The experimental script methodology allows students to conduct experiments in the classroom or even at their desks.
- The equipment used to conduct the experiments does not contain any dangerous reagents and is made primarily from unbreakable material (plastic and metal).
- System that stores all parts in a high density EPS case and resistant plastic boxes. The reduced weight and size of the kits also allow for their piling and storage in small spaces and they can be carried by the students themselves.
All the support material was developed by teachers experienced in the areas of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and consists of two different books: the student and teacher books. The student’s book contains experimental scripts with the procedures for assembling and collecting the data as well as additional questions that encourage students to think beyond that proposed. The teacher’s book was developed to serve as a guide, ensuring the safety necessary to educate and orient the students, since all experiments must have a student response and there is detailed information on how to conduct each.
List of Experiments
Does water dissolve everything? (Part 1)
Does water dissolve everything? (Part 2)
Hard water and soft water (not done: lack of calcium sulphate)
Water dilatation and contraction
Air dilatation and contraction
Dissolution of substances (Part 1)
Dissolution of substances (Part 2)
Factors that interfere with chemical reaction speed
Cleaning muddy water
Scientific method (Part 1)
Scientific method (Part 2)
Changes in the phase of water
Notions of thrust
Observing water surface tension
Atmospheric pressure (Part 1)
Atmospheric pressure (Part 2)
Properties of air
Water fusion and solidification temperature
Verifying air moisture (not done: lack of cobalt chloride)
Volatility of liquids
Internal structure of a flower
The action of baking yeast
Determination of starch and glucose
Extraction of plant pigments
The colors and their secrets
Determination of protein
Observation of plant cells
Observation of a peanut seed
Observation of a pollen grain
Observation of a pine tree seed
Observation of ribosomes in a plant cell
What are stomas?
Naphthalene that floats
Estimate what plants absorb water
Respiration and carbon gas
Ionic, molecular and metallic substances
Digestion of starch in the mouth
Evidence of the occurrence of a reaction
Phenomena that change matter
Identification of proteins
Observation of animal cells
Observation of cells in the mouth
Observation of a bird heart
What is the area of a plant leaf?
What is the volume of a bean?
What is the volume of a piece of potato?
Why is chewing important?
What food has Vitamin C?
Reaction between acid and the base
Similars attract similars
What is the bluest blue?
Separation of mixtures
Solubility in water
Constructing a pile
Mixture of solutions with a chemical reaction (Part 1)
Mixture of solutions with a chemical reaction (Part 2)
Classification of oxides
Reaction heat (Part 1)
Reaction heat (Part 2)
Learning about acids and bases
Homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures
Mass and weight
Balance of a body
Associated mobile and fixed pulley
Force of Friction and Area of Contact
Force of Friction and nature of a pair of surfaces
Specific mass and regular solids
Specific mass and irregular solids
Specific and liquid mass
Obtaining the expression of Thrust exercised BY A liquid
Relating Thrust and weight of the volume of liquid displaced by an object immersed in liquid.
Uniform Rectilinear Movement
Measuring the temperature and identifying thermometric scales and dimensions
Convection heat transfer
Formation of an image on a flat mirror
Laws of Reflection
Association of Flat Mirrors
Analyze the properties of a light ray on a concave mirror.
Analyze the properties of a lighted ray on a convex mirror.
Use the laws of refraction to determine the refraction rate of acrylic with relation to air.
Identify the position of main focus of a thin lens.
Analyze how a magnifying glass works
Formation of images on a convergent lens
Differentiating the charge signal of electrically charged bodies.
Action between the magnetic poles of magnets
Discovering the Geographic North
Magnetization through friction
Magnetization through contact and induction
Detecting electrical current with a compass
Turning on a lamp in series by associating two batteries
Measuring voltage using a digital multimeter
Measuring the intensity of electrical current with a digital multimeter
Associating lamps in series
Associating lamps in parallel