|Type of Product:||e-Book
|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
Even science fair enthusiasts may dread grappling with these two questions:
1. How can you organize many high school students doing many different projects at the same time?
2. How can you help students while giving them the freedom of choice and independence of thought that characterize genuine inquiry?
Answer the questions—and face science fairs without fear—with the help of this book from the Science Fair Warm-Up series. This book, for grades 8–12, further develops the ideas about the practices of scientists. In addition, many of the problems students will encounter are very challenging, so much so that the problems have been used with both grade 8 students and university science graduates in field testing. In addition to offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to let students hone the inquiry skills to carry projects through independently.
To help you meet your teaching goals, the series is based on the constructivist view that makes students responsible for their own learning, aligns with national standards, and uniquely addresses the new Framework for K–12 Science Education. Science Fair Warm-Up will prepare both you and your students for science fair success. But even if you don’t have a science fair in your future, the material can make your students more proficient with scientific research.
"An exciting publication that engages students and fills a need for innovative and conscientious teachers. Students and teachers are likely to encounter real science with the ideas, approaches, and questions the materials encourage.”
—Robert Yager, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa and past president of NSTA
|Intended User Role:||High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Chapter 1: Starting Points
* Paper Helicopters
* What Makes Seeds Grow?
* Check Rust
* What Makes Sow Bugs Move?
* Bouncing Balls
** Louis Braille’s Invention
** Archimedes’ Screw
** Electric Cells
** The Right Nail for the Right Job
** Suffocating Candles
*** Women Can! Men Can’t!
*** Smoking Chimneys
*** Acid Rain and Pollution
*** Life on the Moon
*** Falling Leaves
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
***Simplifying Complex Scientific and Technological Problems
Chapter 3: Science Without Numbers
***Searching for Patterns
Chapter 4: The Numbers Game
***Designing Your Own Measures
Chapter 5: Variables and Their Control
***Isolating Variables: Reducing Complexity
Chapter 6: Experiment Design
***Preparing Experimental Designs
Chapter 7: Sources of Error
***Sampling: An Introduction
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Results
Chapter 9: Explanations
***Deepening Your Understanding: Analogies and Models
Chapter 10: Sharing Your Findings
***Talking About Your Project
Chapter 11: Judging Projects
Chapter 12: Generating Ideas for Projects
***Ideas From the Scientific Literature
Appendix A. Science Fair Project Judging Criteria
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