[Constructed in class (EDU434) on Monday Sept 8, 2008]
(higher-res versions located here)
Why does science matter?
What are the competing stereotypes?
Inquiry Cube Activity (class discussion)
Inquiry Cube Activity
* What’s inside it
* Why are there numbers?
* Does it open?
* What’s on the bottom?
* What’s inside?
* What holds it together?
* Why are there different colors?
What’s on the bottom? (Do not touch turn lift or open!)
2 (pattern – missing number)
2 (opposite sides add to 7)
purple 2 (purple numbers are prime)
green 2 (even numbers are green)
2 oriented same as 5
Characteristics of Science
o Starts with a question
o We make observations
o Look for patterns
o Use observations and prior knowledge to infer
o We don’t know what the answer is going to be
o We use models
o Inferences include explanations
o Use a variety of viewpoints
o We have conflicting viewpoints
o We shared what our evidence was with others
o Became stronger because of sharing
o Didn’t use scientific method
o Sometimes you have to re-hypothesize
o Didn’t have best tools for job
o Some disagreement
o Old tools need to be adapted on the fly for new uses
o Have to have something to base hypothesis on
o Creativity plays a role
Box 2 – What’s on the bottom?
o Saw an 8, red from pattern, Francine/Francene? (top corner = letters in name, bottom corner # shared letters with opposite)
Questions we won’t ever know the answers to:
o How did the universe begin
o What inside a black hole?
o Where’s the rest of the matter?
o What does an atom look like?
o Chicken or egg?