Why are science fairs important? What makes the science fair process valuable? It’s an excellent question and a good way to start a class discussion about this time-honored tradition. First and foremost, why DO we ask our students to work on a science fair project year after year? The answer, in a nutshell, is to help them learn how to think like scientists. Scientists find answers to questions that interest them. In other words, your students simply need to ask themselves, What do I want to know more about?
by Priscilla Robinson
What can a teacher do when the season’s cold, wet, or snowy weather makes curious and rambunctious children go stir crazy? This was exactly the predicament I found myself in with my five-year-old grandson last year. After sledding and playing in the snow, Henry and I looked for something else to do. I reached deep into my Nana brain and unlocked my inner teacher. “What’s your teachable moment today, Nana?” I murmured.
All weekend long, we had been experiencing the crackle and pop of static electricity as a result of the house’s warm, dry air. Henry himself had been zapped a half dozen times. Petting the family dog, he marveled as her hair stood on end. He was curious: what was this invisible power?
Introducing your students to forensic science is as easy as C-S-I!
We’ve discovered dozens of excellent resources online for topics related to many forensic careers. Take a look at some of our favorite websites. These ideas will get your students revved up and ready to put on their lab coats (or Sherlock Holmes hats) and start investigating the world of forensic science.
We love teaching forensic science. It’s just plain fun! Turn your classroom into a crime scene, encourage your students to play detective, gather evidence, figure out whodunits… They’ll have a great time AND learn valuable science and reasoning skills at the same time.
We found many awesome free forensic science ideas on the web. It’s impossible to list them all, but Cyberbee’s The Case of the Barefoot Burglar was one of our favorites. Rice University’s CSI Web Adventures website is full of excellent interactive activities as well. Check them out!
The eight-page lesson below, from DiscoveryEducation.com, is a well-crafted middle school class activity with optional extensions. We think your students will enjoy it.
Forensic science makes the news on a nearly daily basis, whether it’s a gruesome murder trial, a paternity dispute, or a paleontologist working on a newly-discovered fossil. The fact is that the world is fascinated by all things forensic… and new techniques are being invented all the time.
We’ve compiled a sampling of interesting articles below on the topic of forensic science. If you read something in the news that strikes your forensic fancy, share it with us in the “Comments” section below. Happy reading!