First Day of Science from Scientists + Cup Stacking Challenge

Today was the first day of this year’s Science from Scientists program! We were so excited to start another awesome year of fun science lessons.

As an introduction to teamwork (a very important skill for any scientist), students  worked together to complete a series of cup stacking challenges. Team members had to work together to stack plastic cups in a number of different arrangements without touching the cups with their hands. Armed with only one elastic band and some lengths of string, students had to communicate, cooperate, and compromise to get the job done. After the challenge, we reflected on our individual and group behaviors and now have a better understanding of what it takes to become a successful team. These new skills will not only greatly benefit our future science lessons, but they will help students succeed at future group work in any other subject too!

 

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El reto de apilar vasos promueve el trabajo en equipo  Hoy, los estudiantes realizaron una actividad muy interesante para fortalecer el trabajo en equipo. Los miembros de cada equipos debían trabajar en conjunto con el objetivo de apilar vasos plásticos para armar distintas formas. El reto consintió en no tocar los vasos con sus manos, sino que con un elástico y pedazos de cuerda de distinto largo, por lo tanto los estudiantes debieron comunicarse, colaborar y comprometerse para poder lograr el reto. Después de terminar con los retos, conversamos sobre las conductas tanto grupales como individuales que se necesitan para ser un equipo de trabajo exitoso. Estas habilidades serán muy importantes para nuestras clases de ciencia, pero también los ayudarán a trabajar en equipo en otros temas.  

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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