20 May Science 7 Debrief PIP; clean-up; next? riddles; challenges; games of science

Our mindful moment (Thanks to Helena for finding this): How to Save Our Planet


Your personal inquiry projects.

5 minutes to prepare what you want to say. Then everyone will share.

Describe your project.

  • What was your original question/idea and how did you get to the question or idea you displayed on Friday?
  • Describe your interest.
  • What was the progress of your investigation/invention/creation/collection, etc. like?
  • What was the experience like presenting and describing to visitors?
  • What questions did people ask?
  • What questions were most difficult, puzzling, and interesting?
  • What would you have done differently knowing what you know now?
  • How has your thinking changed?
  • How valuable did you find the PIP to your learning? Explain.

Everyone should have a question to pose with each of your classmate’s examples.

  • * * * * *

Help clean up the lab–especially materials that you used?

  • * * * * *

Challenges and puzzles and stories to sample in our remaining classes:

  • Following someone’s PIP
  • Monkey jungle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xasvQYdvSD0)
  • Very long primate study: (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation/news/smithsonian-science-qa-macaques-wolfgang-dittus)
  • Paper gliders that are NOT thrown–only dropped. Can you build one that goes further and straighter than anyone elses?
  • Surprising paper figures–can you find the pattern; can you explain?
  • A puzzle with sound–a few steps beyond the singing wineglass.
  • The surprising geometry of soap films and bubbles.
  • Eleusis, Mother Nature, or the Game of Science, who can figure this out?
  • What’s your architecture? How fit are you? How calm can you get?
  • The Zebra Test?
  • Reflecting on reflection. I see you, you see me.
  • Some puzzles with matter.
  • Candle in a jar.
  • Ice and ethanol.
  • Ice and vegetable oil.
  • Water and ethanol.
  • Buoyancy puzzles–Cartesian divers and clay boats.
  • Weighing air.



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