Through the lively and interesting simulation experience, students are able to experience the fun of exploring knowledge. Some students said that although they felt a little scared at first when crawling in the dark “cave”, they were able to immerse themselves in the discussion and exploration with their classmates. This was a very interesting class and a special experience for them. Some other students said they had been in a real cave as a tourist before, but through the activity, they really felt that the murals and living tools left by the ancient people in the caves were rich in knowledge.
Ms. Kapraun says that the purpose of simulated hands-on activities like this is to help build group work skills, using hypotheses, working from a project-based framework for learning and to help students make connections that stick better than mere reading, lecture and note-taking can provide.