Enacting planets to learn physics

Abstract : The Solar System motivates students to interest themselves in sciences, as a large number of concepts may be easily introduced through the observation and understanding of planet's motion. Using a large representation of the Solar System at a human scale ("a human Orrery"), we intend to show how cognitive activities about kinematics and dynamics are activated and linked to the sensori-motors activities. In the last three years, we have conducted different activities with 10 to 16 years old children. In this contribution, we discuss the different scientific concepts covered by the Human Orrery, and the enaction theory that provides a theoretical background to those activities. We detail the enaction of velocity with a description of the gestures in relation with the abstract concepts involved in kinematics.
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Emmanuel Rollinde, N Decamp. Enacting planets to learn physics. GIREP-MPTL 2018, Jul 2018, San Sebastian, Spain. pp.012011, ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/1287/1/012011⟩. ⟨hal-02270587⟩

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