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This presentation was given by Laura Zrymiak at the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. It was part of the Digging Deeper session chaired by Sue Allen. Copyright Ontario Science Centre

This presentation was given by Laura Zrymiak at the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. It was part of the Digging Deeper session chaired by Sue Allen. Copyright Ontario Science Centre

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Zrymiak Dig Deeper: Tools ASTC 2008 Zrymiak Dig Deeper: Tools ASTC 2008 Presentation Transcript

  • Digging Deeper at Exhibits: Tools for Building Visitors’ Experimentation Skills ASTC 2008 Laura Zrymiak– Ontario Science Centre [email_address]
  • Go Gadget Go
    • 90 minute inquiry based school program
    • On-the-floor location
    • Gadgets to increase student’s inquiry skills
    • Science can happen anywhere!
  • Tool: Infrared Thermometer
    • Complements Heat curriculum connections
    • Easy to use
    • Durable
    What can you find out?
  • Asking A Question
    • Interesting
    • Testable
    • Repeatable
  • Reflecting on Results
  • Application
    • Important Vaccine needs to be kept inactive until needed
    • Design Challenge: keep these vaccines at least 2°C colder/ warmer than room temperature!
  • Challenges: Creating a Question
    • Challenge for students (limited experience)
    • Challenge for teachers
    • Staff prompting vs student creativity
    • High Level of Inquiry
      • Problem: Constructed by student
      • Procedure: Constructed by student
      • Solution: Construction by student
    Opportunities : Creating a Question
    • Model inquiry activities for teachers and students
  • Challenges:Location
    • Noise
    • Shared Space
    • Previous Teacher experience
    • Teacher perception
  • Opportunities:Location
    • Shared Space
    • Using Exhibits as data sources
  • Future Ideas
    • Inquiry Based Professional Development
    • Handout for teachers
      • Explain philosophy and pedagogy of program
      • Understanding of Intent
      • Reference for teachers
      • Suggested inquiry based activities
  •