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Tried and True: Helicopter seeds and hypotheses … that’s funny!

Science Scope—September 2008

Investigating maple samaras, or helicopter seeds, can give students a “that’s funny” experience and catalyze the development of inquiry skills. In this article, the authors describe how to use maple helicopter seeds (samaras) to engage students in focused observation and hypothesis testing. This activity requires only basic classroom equipment and maple samaras, which can be found throughout most of the United States or purchased online.
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