Lessons Learned from Conducting a K-12 Project to Revitalize Achievement by using Instrumentation in Science Education

  • Vikram Kapila
  • Magued Iskander
Keywords: Best practices, engineering education, high schools, instrumentation, lessons learned, outreach, sensors, teacher training.


A students first introduction to engineering and technology is typically through high school science labs. Unfortunately, in many high schools, science labs often make use of antiquated tools that fail to deliver exciting lab content. As a result, many students are turned off by science, fail to excel on standardized science exams, and do not consider engineering as a career option. By using sensors and computerized data acquisition in science labs, project RAISE (Revitalizing Achievement by using Instrumentation in Science Education) sought to enhance students academic achievement; excite them about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and inspire them to pursue STEM careers. This paper gives an overview of the project along with lessons learned and suggestions for best practices.