Israel is a world leader in science education — with Israeli company Fourier Education producing one of the world’s biggest-selling “teaching tablets.” Last week, Fourier Education’s einstein Tablet+ was awarded the winning prize for Best Digital Teaching Device at the annual Bett Awards, given out at the Bett Show, the world’s largest event for learning technology held annually in London.
It was a big deal for Fourier, as well as for Israel — to the extent that Education Minister Shai Piron dropped by to congratulate Ken Zwiebel, chief executive officer of Fourier Education.
In business since 1989, Rosh Ha’ayin-based Fourier produces sensors, data analysis apps, and devices that measure pressure, light levels, temperature, heart rate, and more. The highlight of the company’s offerings is the einstein Tablet+, an Android-based device that lets students run real-world experiments and studies using built in sensors, including an accelerometer, microphone, GPS chip, Bluetooth and wifi capabilities, two cameras and other features.
Like its namesake, einstein is all about the science. The tablet is pre-loaded with multimedia experiments for biology, chemistry, environmental science, human physiology, and physics. For example, the Terra Nova Solar Energy Kit teaches students the basic concepts and properties of solar energy and allows them to explore the parameters involved in electrical production.
Another kit guides students in exploring and understanding the parameters of wind energy and how to convert it into electricity. The company’s Solar and Wind Energy Premium Kit allows students to compare and contrast the benefits of either technology and develop a better understanding of how and when to use them.
Teachers and students can also create their own experiments on the tablet using a software program designed for the tablet, Activity Maker. Using Fourier’s MiLab software, students can view sensor results, and analyze them in the context of the experiment.
Commenting on the award, Bett judges said that “the einstein Science Learning Platform is a very good product which is ideally suited to supporting the UK’s new national curriculum. We like the design, branding and functionality and think the product is durable and robust. We particularly like the way it encourages students to interact and work collaboratively.”
“We are delighted to be recognized by the best minds in the educational technology industry and thrilled to win this prestigious award that strongly affirms our mission,” said Zwiebel. “We built this revolutionary digital science tablet understanding that the earlier we can excite our kids to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the more they will cultivate a passion for these fields, and the better they will perform in these areas throughout their schooling and careers.”