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Pages: 3419-3423
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain

JUNIOR SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT - MITOCHONDRIA: THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL - A GAME BASED EXPERIENCE ON COLÉGIO CEDROS

F. Teixeira e Costa1, L. Ribeiro2, V. Harry Leite2, H. Pratas1, A. Paramés1

1CEIA - ISEC (PORTUGAL)
2Ciência Júnior (PORTUGAL)
Junior Science ® – Science for Children [1-3] is a didactic strategy that aims to slowly introduce children into the scientific methodology. Since early 2013 the Project is being implemented in different private schools in Oporto. The recent investigation shows the requirement to amplify scientific skills in early stages of development aiming at a gradual involvement with experimental sciences [4-7].


In order to participate in the Science Week activities promoted by Cedros Private School, the team prepared a 45 minutes workshop about cells: “The mitochondria: the powerhouse of the cell”. This issue was implemented to 33 boys aged from 8 to 10 years old. These children had never studied the cell and had never contacted the Junior Science ® – Science for Children Project. They demonstrated elevated interest and aptitude to reason and to get interested on a dissimilar topic.
The workshop’s side-effect was amusement for all participants.


After sixteen days, without further preparation and with the teachers’ kind cooperation, we could assess the information students had retained from the 45 minutes workshop.

The average result of a group of 19 students with 8 years old was 10,4 on a 20 grade scale.
79% of the amount remembered that pyruvate, previously going to the Krebs Cycle, that takes place on a mitochondria, must lose, inside that organelle, a carbon atom and bind to Coenzyme A; 32% retained that water, carbon dioxide and energy are obtained in the Cycle;16% identified water and energy as products of the Cycle;16% remembered pyruvate had 3 carbon atoms.
Our proceeding’s aim is to share the game’s details and further results from the assessment.

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F. Teixeira e Costa, L. Ribeiro, V. Harry Leite, H. Pratas, A. Paramés (2015) JUNIOR SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT - MITOCHONDRIA: THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL - A GAME BASED EXPERIENCE ON COLÉGIO CEDROS, EDULEARN15 Proceedings, pp. 3419-3423.
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