Web edition: October 12, 2012
Allowing kids to ask questions, study background information on a problem and then test their own predictions reveals the true nature of scientific inquiry. Along the way, tweens and teens will learn that biology, chemistry, physics and earth science are not static bodies of knowledge, but enterprises that churn out new discoveries every day. Teachers who have participated in an SSP Fellows program have gleaned tips on how to bring research – not just the demonstration of scientific concepts – into their classrooms. Here, we share those tips on what works, and how even cash-strapped schools can find the resources to make it happen.