Monday, August 6, 2012

What ever happened to local Science Fairs?

Science inquiry is important to the development and maintenance of a sustainable society. When critical thinking and critical analysis are placed behind entertainment, the future of the society grows dim.

The skills involved in a long-term investigation project are foundational to building a strong society. Question generation, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of results are skills which translate to the development of people who are thinkers and problem solvers. 

In schools, our students should complete and present age appropriate, long-term investigation projects from 3rd grade onwards. Data collection should be rigorous. Data analysis thorough. The presentation concise and clear. As students get older (or competent in a foreign language) part of their presentation should be in their second language. The project should be interdisciplinary and include assessment from science, math, English and foreign language teachers.

The richness of this experience will equip people with skills who we could expect to become significant contributors to their society.

Reflection: Consider a generational collection of high school graduates each having nine years of authentic investigation experience. What is their potential impact on their society? Could we conjecture a bright future for their society? Why?

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