Everything we do at Pivot Interactives is motivated by a desire to share the power of science and our goal is to engage students in the scientific process with phenomena often. Not only do we do that through the interactive video-based activities themselves but also in the creation of them in the Pivot Interactives lab, which is still located in the high school where Pivot Interactives began (see photo). In order to leverage teachers’ & students’ expertise, Pivot Interactives activities are most often created in the summer through this process:
Because of our activity creation process, our lab team has the unique opportunity to access materials & equipment, with the freedom to problem-solve and nearly continuously run experiments. We do not take this for granted, so we want to share this with people who wouldn't typically get this type of opportunity to work on a functioning research team- high school students.
Throughout the summer, high school students are part of the lab team and manage their own projects, planning, executing, and completing experiments. They work through real-life problems, implement scientific practices, and collaborate with team members to create videos that are viewed by millions of students (including college students at ivy league schools)!
Unlike most research teams, which are made up of content experts in one niche, our team of high school students, graduate students, and content experts provide diverse thought. We learn from each other, producing innovative, unique, and thoughtful videos.
Students have unique and valuable perspectives - we see it every day in our lab. The Pivot Interactives activities would not be what they are today without the help of students.
Browse the Pivot Interactives activity library, worked on by students, here. To learn more about how to get Pivot Interactives in your classroom or district, check out license options.