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We have a small middle school group viewing the programs and taking the
lessons. We have 3 science teachers and a technology ed teacher. We viewed
the first lesson and were impressed by the way the class was conducted with
inquiry being the forefront. I was particularly impressed by the way the
children were coming up with all of the ideas to test in their investigations
and coming up with viable data to report to the class. The one lesson
actually was like 4 or 5 all in one since all of the children were conducting
similar yet different investigations to prove their points concerning
asteroid density, mass, or volume and how it related to crater diameter and
depth. I see how I can manipulate the "cookbook" labs I think always run
well but have a twist of letting the students come up with the variables to
test. I know I have had students ask about "what would happen if we
changed... to ...?" I have said that is a good idea but never had the time
to investigate. Now I see how that can be accomplished.
Now if there is a variable that needs or should be tested, should a
teacher suggest it or just go without that option? I have wondered if that
then could be a focus for "future study" for the kids.
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