Activate Learning - Next Generation PET


Two Pathway Options for Next GEN PET: Studio-Styled Class or Lecture-Styled Class

Next Gen PET is a suite of materials, with a Studio-Style Class version for small lab and discussion classroom environments of 12-36 students; and a Lecture-Style Class version for lecture-style classrooms. In both versions, students draw on evidence, discuss ideas, develop, test and modify models, and engage in practices of scientific argumentation.

Studio-Style Class (SC) Version of Next GEN PET Lecture-Style Class (LC) Version of Next GEN PET
For courses that meet ~5 hrs/week. For courses that meet ~3 hrs/week in lecture style classrooms.
Lab or workroom where student can work in groups around tables and perform experiments. A guided-inquiry approach that can be used with large enrollments, or in course with smaller enrollments with limited meeting time and facilities.
Students spend the majority of their time with their group of three or four peers. Students watch videos of experiments or, as an option, may do some simple experiments on their desktops.
Make predictions, perform experiments, draw conclusions, answer questions in a workbook, and discuss their ideas both within their group and with the class. Students respond to questions (using hand-held response devices) to share ideas with the whole class.
The instructor manages the class time through a set of power points slides that align with the student materials.

Next Gen PET consists of five modules: (1) Developing Models for Magnetism and Static Electricity; (2) Interactions and Energy; (3) Interactions and Forces; (4) Waves, Sound and Light; and (5) Matter and Interactions. Next Gen PET students will be prepared for teaching elementary-level science in alignment with the NGSS. Next Gen PET materials are aligned with the physical science disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices in the National Research Council K-12 Science Education Framework and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).