As most of you loyal readers are aware, one of my ongoing crusades is to transform k-12 science education from boring rote cookbook style exercises in contrived tedium into the interesting explorations they SHOULD be.
Yes, the pre-fab shrink-wrapped curriculum materials make it easy on the overloaded teacher, but there ensues no opportunity for student innovation or creativity. An example, you ask?
Well here is an example for any class discussing fuel, or energy, or Newton's laws of action and reaction. And it involves fire, which tends to keenly engage the teenage mind.
Have your middle or high school science students make jet engines and test them.
- Sounds dangerous? That's what protective glasses and gloves are for.
- Sounds expensive? Try almost free with a recycled jar.
- Sounds out of reach of most secondary students? Pah! Let them try and they will surprise you.