We wanted to test whether quizzes encouraged greater memory retention over review. We found that the groups had no statistical differences, meaning that quizzes were not a harmful activity. That's an interesting finding for this pilot study. It suggests that the idea of giving quizzes regularly is worth further exploration and that quizzes might be better used as an effective teaching tool.

A dog can search quicker and more efficiently than a human can. They can do a room very quickly.

Obviously, we're not doing well.

The ultimate goal was to raise the cognitive demand in the curriculum for urban school kids, which is important for future opportunities. Generally, test scores in math and science fall drastically between seventh and 10th grade. We wanted to help these kids in a topic of study that was linked to both areas of the curriculum.

The students averaged about eight days absent each. That's a lot and it's one of the main challenges of summer school programming. If the kids don't come, they can't learn. However, for the kids that were there, I think it worked out great. They learned a lot.