The Myth of the Scientific Method
Written by the BPS Science Department: Pam Pelletier, Director of Science & Technology/Engineering, and Holly Rosa, Assistant Director of Science & Technology/Engineering
School is in full swing and teachers and students are developing their rhythm of teaching and learning together. During the past week or so, Holly and I have had the chance to peek into science classes and talk with teachers and school leaders. I am not sure why, but this year more than ever, we see the posters and hear the presentations about THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. Students are learning and memorizing a series of 5 or 6 specific steps that scientists follow when they “do science.”
It is not to say that there aren’t methods or approaches that scientists use, but this lock-step version is the antithesis of the pinball nature of what actually happens when each of us engages in scientific ways of making meaning of phenomena. If you are teaching “the scientific method,” please watch this video from the California Academy of Sciences and explore this website that is highlighted from UC-Berkeley. Our students need us to better understand the nature and practices of science and these resources are wonderfully helpful. Even if you have eliminated the Scientific Method Myth from your classroom, these materials are interesting and informative, many of which can be used with students and in meetings with colleagues.
This text originally appeared in the BPS Science Newsletter on 9/19/15
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RSVP | BoSTEM Workshop: Equitable and Inclusive STEM Education Practices
On March 30th, join Boston After School & Beyond and Sociedad Latina for a workshop on equity in out-of-school time STEM education. During the workshop, attendees will learn strategies to support English language learners and discuss culturally responsive STEM teaching practices.
Attendees will be provided with time to reflect on the ways students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identities intersect with STEM and STEM education, as well as opportunities to share promising practices towards building inclusive STEM programs with one another. All program staff members are invited to attend.
Date: March 30th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sociedad Latina, 1530 Tremont St., Roxbury, MA 02120
Resource Spotlight: National Summer Learning Association STEM Reports
This report establishes a framework for effective STEM summer programs based on three key components: Engaging young people intellectually, academically, socially, and emotionally, responding to young people’s interests, experiences, and cultural practices, and connecting STEM learning in out-of-school, school, home, and other settings. The report also provides four case studies of STEM summer programs that demonstrate these elements.
This research brief describes promising practices found during a study of Salmon Camp Research Team, a summer program that engages Native American students in salmon habitat preservation and restoration run by the Native American Youth and Family Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
This brief details major themes emerging in state and federal policy around STEM education during summer. It also recommends priority areas new policy should focus on to support Summer STEM education.
Partner Events and Announcements
National Robotics Week
National Robotics Week will be held April 8-16, 2017. For more info and an events listing, click here
MassRobotics Open House For Students
On Monday, April 10, MassRobotics will open its doors to students in honor of National Robotics Week. Click here to register
Funding Opportunity: Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge
The Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation are currently matching donations made to qualifying projects on donorschoose.org. In order to be considered, your project must raise money towards purchasing materials that support high-quality STEM activities outside school. Submit by March 24.Click here for more info
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Job Opening
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is currently seeking a full time Green Ambassadors Program Manager. Click here to view the application
CitySprouts Seeking Summer Fellows and Volunteers
CitySprouts is currently seeking college students to serve as Summer Fellows. Click here for more info. CitySprouts is also seeking volunteers to help plan their annual fundraising event, DigIt! They are offering a variety of ways to get involved. Contact Andrea Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.