First day

Nature of Science

For the main activity, students did a puzzle activity to learn about the Nature of Science. The puzzle activity was used to represent all of the information we know about a scientific topic. Students were given four puzzle pieces and told to use all of the pieces to make a square. Most students found this easy enough, but then a new discovery about the scientific topic had been made (represented by a 5th puzzle piece), and students had to rearrange their puzzle in order to make room for this extra piece and recreate their square. The addition of the 5th piece was much more challenging than putting the puzzle together with four pieces. The idea behind this puzzle activity was to demonstrate to students that new scientific discoveries often cause scientists to rearrange everything they know about a scientific topic to make room for new discoveries.

La Naturaleza de la Ciencia

El día de hoy, los estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer a dos científicos reales, conocer sobre nuestro programa “Science from Scientistis” (Ciencia por Científicos) y aprender lo que significa ser un científico.

Durante la actividad, los estudiantes armaron un rompecabezas con el objetivo de conocer sobre la naturaleza de la ciencia. El rompecabezas representaba toda la información que conocemos sobre un tema específico. A los estudiantes se les entregó 4 piezas del rompecabezas y se les indicó que las usuran para armar un cuadrado. La mayoría de los estudiantes encontró esta tarea fácil, pero luego se les entregó una 5ta pieza del rompecabezas, que representa un nuevo hallazgo científicos sobre el tema de investigación. Los estudiantes tuvieron que reorganizar su rompecabezas para tener espacio para esta pieza extra y lograr armar un cuadrado nuevamente. Añadir la 5ta pieza fue mucho más difícil que armar el rompecabezas con sólo cuatro piezas. La idea detrás de esta actividad fue demostrarles a los estudiantes que la aparición de nuevos hallazgos científicos hace que los científicos tengan que re-organizar todo lo que conocen sobre un tema específico para poder incluir los nuevos descubrimientos.


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Leighann Sullivan earned her BS in Biology from Cornell University. For a number of years she taught math, science, and language skills at a secondary school for learning disabled students. She subsequently earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Molecular and Genomic Analyses in Clostridium acetobutylicum.” When not pursuing academic interests she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and experimenting in the culinary arts.

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