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Abstract Title: Long-term Observation in Middle School Astronomy
Abstract: AAAS has noted that middle-school students may think experiments are a way to produce a desired outcome, rather than of testing ideas." Last school year, OSU Marion collaborated with the entire Grant Middle School (Marion) science faculty to improve science teaching and learning systemically. We developed an astronomy unit that would address major parts of Ohio standards to address this problem by instituting an investigation that would occur over the school year. We asked students to observe and infer these motions without telling them what was expected. Only part of what we planned was implemented because few Moon observations (done at home) were made. Sun shadows were observed roughly monthly by students; a daub of paint on a wood platform indicated the tip of the shadow. We present the results of the yearlong investigation and speculate on whether this could be a useful way to address the AAAS's concern.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bill Schmitt
Science Center of Inquiry
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gordon Aubrecht, Ohio State University