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Water Cycle in Nature: Small-Scale STEM Education Pilot

Bogusevschi, D., Tal, I., Bratu, M., Gornea, B., Caraman, D., Ghergulescu, I., … Muntean, G.-M. (2018). Water Cycle in Nature: Small-Scale STEM Education Pilot (pp. 1496–1505). Presented at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


A digitised educational application focused on the water cycle in nature was employed in a small-scale pilot carried out in a secondary school in Ireland, as part of the European Horizon 2020 NEWTON project. The application involved 3D immersive computer-based virtual reality and experimental laboratory simulation. 52 secondary school students (27 in the experimental group and 25 in the control group) took part in the pilot. The goal of the pilot was to assess the effectiveness of the water cycle NEWTON project application in knowledge gain. Pre and post knowledge tests were employed before and after participating students interacted with the application in the experimental group or were provided the classic teacher-based approach in the control group. The results presented show a statistically significant knowledge improvement in the experimental group compared to the control group.