Solving the mystery of the ‘Mystery Tube’

Today students learned that to become a good scientist, you have to make specific and detailed observations so other scientists, and people in general, will understand what you have found or tested. We introduced the steps of the Scientific Method and learned how to write a great hypothesis, test it, and rework it until our observations match our hypothesis.

For our activity, students had to make observations about what was happening in a sealed PVC ‘mystery tube’ without being able to see inside. Once they made their observations and wrote a hypothesis to explain what they observed, they worked in groups to build their own working models of the mystery tube.  

We encourage the students to continue building their models at home with simple supplies (toilet paper tubes and yarn).  Dr. Sullivan and I would love to see some finished models at our visit next week.  

This lesson was exciting, challenging and great fun to complete.  Enjoy your holiday weekend!

–Dr. Kennedy

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