Classroom Activities

Activity # 10

Exploring your local science community

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Science class can be a truly interactive experience for students.

Especially if they get a chance to explore the world of science and bring back first-hand accounts of what they've seen.


Writing and reporting on science issues will offer your students a unique perspective on the study of biology, chemistry, paleontology, physics, oceanography or technology.

Classroom Activity

Here are some reporting activities your students can try to help them learn more about science:

  1. Interview a scientist in their community.
    How did they get interested in their particular area of speciality? What kind of education and special training did they need to do this type of work? What does their typical day at work look like? What's the most interesting part of their work? What are they most excited about? What's their most important achievement in science?

  2. Visit a Local Research Center
    Students can visit a local research center to find out more about the work that scientists in your community are doing. It could be a center devoted to the study of agriculture, marine life, technology, archeology, or pharmacology. They can also take a tour of the facility and see what people are doing. Interview the key scientists about their research. What are they trying to learn?

  3. Search for a cure:
    Every year, scientists throughout the country make discoveries — large and small – that help fight diseases like cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis or arthritis. Others are working on ways to repair spinal cord injuries or prevent birth defects. Your students can check out the doctors and researchers in your community. What's under their microscope these days? What major medical breakthrough has happened in your town or province?



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