Activity # 10
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.
Here are some reporting activities your students can try to
help them learn more about science:
- 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?
- Visit a Local Research Center
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?
- Search for a cure:
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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