First Day Science Presentation

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  • First Day Science Presentation

    1. 1. Grade 7-8 Science Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science. ~ Edwin Powell Hubble
    2. 2. What is Science?
    3. 3. The primary goal of science is to understand the natural and human-designed worlds. Science refers to certain processes used by humans for obtaining knowledge about nature, and to an organized body of knowledge about nature obtained by these processes. Science is a dynamic and creative activity with a long and interesting history. Many societies have contributed to the development of scientific knowledge and understanding.… Scientists continuously assess and judge the soundness of scientific knowledge claims by testing laws and theories, and modifying them in light of compelling new evidence or a re- conceptualization of existing evidence. ~Ministry of Education Curriculum
    4. 4. Science Is... A process... a way of doing things A body of knowledge... gained from the process Dynamic, creative and most importantly... FLUID
    5. 5. Why Take Science?!?
    6. 6. Science in Ontario The aim of the science programme is to make students scientifically literate A scientifically and technologically literate person is one who can read and understand common media reports about science and technology, critically evaluate the information presented, and confidently engage in discussions and decision-making activities that involve science and technology. Ontario Curriculum Document
    7. 7. Scientifically Literate?! The Ontario Curriculum states three goals to help develop students who are scientifically literate These goals are: to relate science and technology to society and the environment to develop the skills, strategies and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and technological problem solving to understand the basic concepts of science and technology
    8. 8. How do we “Do” Science?
    9. 9. Birdicus Whirlycus Your task is to learn something about how Birdicus Whirlycus flies Working in teams of 4, create an experiment to explore some aspect of flight Make sure that you record the steps that you followed (for future publication) as well as the results you have obtained In your group, write a concluding statement that represents the learning that has occurred. You will be sharing this statement with the whole group
    10. 10. Experiment Time!
    11. 11. A task like this teaches... About variables and controlling variables How to record good information and reflect on the meaning of the information How to create a set of steps that will be followed every time (to ensure variable control!) About the scientific method in the “real world” - sharing information, drawing bigger conclusions based on additional information That scientists change their ideas when new information is presented that doesn’t fit the current model
    12. 12. In Conclusion...

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