Play-doh Circuits and the Process of Science

Themes:
Curriculum and PedagogyScience
What:
Half Day Workshop
When:
Thursday Feb 15   09:00 AM to 11:45 AM (2 hours 45 minutes)
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Division 1 (Grades 1-3)Division 2 (Grades 4-6)Division 3 (Grades 7-9)Division 4 (Grades 10-12)

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Play-doh is an effective and inexpensive conductor that can be used to investigate circuitry, and allow opportunity for deeper connections to Ohm's law. The usability of play-doh in circuitry will be investigated, enabling relevant applications from grades K-12.

We will investigate "The Process of Science" resource created by The Perimeter Institute. The process of science has to do with the habits of mind practiced by scientists that lead to discoveries. The stereotype of a scientist alone in a lab following a set routine does not even come close to describing what real scientists do. As scientists themselves describe the process, science is a creative and collaborative endeavour in which scientists balance objective analysis with imaginative thinking. Many scientists see themselves as artists, using established tools and techniques to discover new ideas and to create new models. Just as you cannot really distill art into a set of techniques, so the methods used by these scientists cannot properly be reduced into a flowchart or a method. However, just as there are themes in art, we can discover general principles followed by most scientists.

Participant
CBE/Henry Wise Wood
Teacher

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