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Can 8-Year-Olds understand concepts of Einsteinian physics?

  title={Can 8-Year-Olds understand concepts of Einsteinian physics?},
  author={Aishwarya Banavathu and Tejinder Kaur and David Blair},
The decline of student interest in science in many developed countries has been demonstrated by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores since 2000. Furthermore, many studies in Australia have demonstrated a decline in the interest, motivation and performance of Australian students’ across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects over three decades. The Einstein-First project aims to reverse this trend by introducing children to Einsteinian concepts… 

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