Sensemaking is actively trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering). Students do science and engineering through the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices necessitates that students be part of a learning community to be able to share ideas, evaluate competing ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Whether this community of learners is made up of classmates or family members, students and adults build and refine science and engineering knowledge together.
High school students, as scientists, use science ideas about natural resources and cause and effect to answer the following driving question: How can where you live affect your risk of experiencing asthma? Students obtain and evaluate information and consider the limitations of data to investigate why the Bronx, New York City as a whole, and Detroit have higher asthma hospitalization numbers than New York State and Michigan. Using evidence from the resources, students write an explanation of the relationship between PM2.5 pollution and asthma case numbers and hospitalizations.
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Per Small Group (2 to 4 students)
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