Parachutes, Paper Clips and the Nature of Science

Parachutes, Paper Clips and the Nature of Science


Would not it be great if all of our young
students learned how to problem solve, reason, analyze, and work together? This is the way that science research works and all her children can easily learn to do
this in an enjoyable way how here’s just one fine example of what it looks like
in the classroom the teacher asks one student to stand on a chair holding a
simple paper clip the teacher will then ask a question can the class estimate
how long it will take the paperclip to drop from their classmate and out stress
to chin level the students write down these cases the teacher remind students
that scientists like to be very accurate and in order to get those accurate
measurements we will form teams of scientists within the class divide the
class into groups of three or four teacher give each group a piece of paper
that looks like this for them to record their trials the teacher but also give
them a paper clip and a stopwatch before trying to record their measurements
students should practice as a team so that each member can become familiar
with their assignment the dropper the work order the timer for this particular
experiment student girls would not change 113 has practiced a few times
they are ready to record what they observe they did this ten times and
record their observations on the DataTable the teacher then has the class
analyze their results a brief discussion about how scientists
are looking at the numbers to be mostly the same or consistent with take place
at the teachers choosing at some point during the lesson learning these new
vocabulary words will be incorporated into the exercise to facilitate their
students understanding of scientific terms next the teacher asks students
what would happen if a parachute was added to the paperclip then each student
group makes up our shoot with a simple paper napkin and four pieces of string it would look something like this once
they have been constructed teams of practice launching the parachute and
then record their times again have the classic analyze their results this time
because the students are me the same type of parachute the numbers of each
team could be compared in this last part of the experiment each scientists team
would be challenged to change the parachute in some way and predict what
will happen to the speed of the following pit parachute and neighborhood
predict what will happen to the speed of the following parachute and paperclip
what it speed up or slow down but it remained the same each group can change
it in any way they want some may not wait some might cut a large hole in the
parachute some might not to make the parachute bigger or perhaps the
important idea here is that student create their own parachute and predict
what will happen based on their earlier experiences they designed the
experiments they ask the questions they get creative and they take ownership of
their learning and they said about the enjoyable work of exploring and
discovering answers students test their theory how did these
parachutes there what were the results to wrap up students should be encouraged
to reflect on what they learned and write about it how did it me or not meet
their expectations what could they do differently next time what are the basic
science content that they learned so what has this very simple fun and
easy lesson taught your students it is taught them to question as to me practice observe record idolized create
predict experiment theorize test reflect and right depending on the age of the
students these terms can be taught to them and put a name to their actions
these students of Science help us help us to understand and interpret ourselves
and the world around us and to work towards overcoming some of the
challenges we face and to work towards overcoming some of the challenges we
face along with learning some basic physics laws along with learning some
basics along with learning some basic physics laws and inherent along with
learning some basics physics laws.

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