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The world is changing all the time. The latest scientific theories are actually just the newest descriptions of the world we live in!

$25.00
Course Duration

12 hours

Last Updated

June 14, 2021

Students Enrolled

2

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Understand that scientists are always finding better descriptions of the world and then updating scientific theories. Game/Play Project-Based STEM  Online courses NGSS
 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand that science is not a perfect description of the world.
  • Understand that scientists are always finding better descriptions of the world and then updating scientific theories.
  • Keep accurate records.
  • Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that can meet the goals of the investigation
 

Guiding Ideas

Science is a model of the world around us, but it isn’t complete. Scientific theories are always being tested with experiments and if they get a result that doesn't agree with the theory then that theory gets updated. The scientific method consists of a continuous cycle: It may start with an observation (I noticed ...), which leads to a question (I wonder ...), then a hypothesis ( I think that..), followed by an experiment (I'll test my idea ..) to check the hypothesis, the experiment may produce a new observation and so on. At some point the scientist(s) may form a conclusion (I discovered ...) that they wish to report to other scientists and citizens. At that point anyone else can join the cycle and make their own experiments and observations. A critical part of the method is recording methods, observations and conclusions so that anyone else can replicate the experiment.
 

Student Activities

  • Explore Minecraft and make observations about the chemistry, biology and physics in the world.
  • Come up with a question that you wish to test, for example. How does gravity work? What things do plants need to grow? Which chemicals elements react together best?
  • Come up with a hypothesis and then design an experiment to test the hypothesis.
  • Make sure that you record all observations, experiments and conclusions. Use a writable book. And don't forget you can use the camera as well.
  • Report your results to your class, and see if you can repeat your class mates' experiments.
  • Can you come up with a new experiment that builds on your class mates work?
 

Performance Expectations

Students should be able to formulate a theory and experiment to test it. They must keep a laboratory book which details their experiment, observations, theories and conclusions. They should then present their work to the class.
 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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2001 Columbia Teachers College-Science Education Veteran Middle School Science Teacher - Private, Public and Parochial Schools Travelled to Japan several times Travelled to France

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