Physics at the Prater (amusement park)

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transferable adaptability innovative acceptability impact effectiveness availability creativity collaborative

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The good teaching practice at a glance

Subject of practice


Target groups


Educational level

Secondary Education

Short Summary

Before the event took place students learned and simulated movements in different settings (sports, machines, transport vehicles, etc.) in their preparatory phase

During the event in the Prater the students were divided into three groups and together with teachers and technical equipment went to six different rides to test the devices and different physics concepts.

The data from each ride will be sent to the teachers from each school to further analyze and develop the physics concept from each ride by the students in the classroom.

Duration of the implementation

2013-10-18 10:45:00 - 2013-10-18 10:45:00

Detailed description

Age of learners

15 - 20

Detailed description

Physics in the Prater was organised by teachers in collaboration with the Austrian Education Ministry (BM:UKK) as part of its involvement in the Lifelong Learning Program KLiC. This project provides a link between aspects of life and science education by tracking the physical movement of people using sensors that are strapped to the body that are wirelessly connected to a computer interface. The computer program then measures different aspects of acceleration that teachers can use with their classes as part of inquiry based learning.

Within this project the ministry has invested many resources to effect a change away from the traditionally based classroom. The combination of ICT with properly planned training days has allowed the ministry to showcase, develop and disseminate exemplar practice and move learning away from a teacher centered classroom to a mostly complete student centered approach.

This event also involved two other projects that the ministry is involved in, OSR (Open Science Resources) and Pathway. Teachers will use the structured learning activity planning from OSR (Pre-visit, Visit and Post-visit) to develop a structured learning scenario that can be utilised by other teachers in Austria as well as other teachers and organisation from KLiC, OSR and Pathway. The continued investigation into the effectiveness of inquiry-based teaching fits the profile of Pathway, that examines effective ways to increase the value of science teaching through inquiry based learning.

Learning Activities / Implementation

preparatory phase: students learned and simulated movements in different settings (sports, machines, transport vehicles, etc.); take measurements at the amusement park; analyze and interpret data; publish results

Area of good practice
  • ICT enabled learning - Using digital resources for face-to-face classroom practice & for online learning/blended classroom practice
  • Community Building - Using digital resources to connect learners/build communities
  • Quality and Assessment - Using digital resources to better assess learning
This practice is
Innovative, Acceptability, Impact, Effectiveness, Creativity, Collaborative

About the author

Name of contributorMarkus Artner, Ronald Binder
Affiliation of contributor Teachers at secondary schools
Institution where this practice was implementedBMUKK