21 May Science 8 Your questions

Mindful moment: Everyone watch this–How to Save Our Planet: https://youtu.be/0Puv0Pss33M

Students had posed some questions they had about science. I have supplied some references to help them begin to address their questions. They may spend 1/2 the period in groups of 1,2 or 3 persons researching 1 or 2 questions. They should start with the references provided. They are to create a response that they will share with the large group. The response should include their understanding after the brief research today AND further questions. During the 2nd 1/2 of the class, each groups should present their responses to the large group. Students should sit in the circle. We have practiced this technique for their human impact sessions. Try to balance so that all groups have time to give their response. If all do not get a chance, have those remaining groups email me their responses.

Science questions May 2019 sci 8

I’ve tried to supply some starting points for addressing your questions.

In groups of 1, 2, or 3, pick out 1 or 2 of the topics/questions below. Investigate the sources and prepare a response that you can present to your classmates. Start with the resources provided. After you have examined them somewhat thoroughly, you may see what else you can find. In your response, explain what you have figured out AND what still puzzles you. Use your discussion leader skills to solicit ideas from your classmates.

Spend 4o minutes on research and on preparing your response.

Spend 40 minutes in large group discussion where each small group presents their question(s) and findings and new and lingering questions.

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One question that I have had for a long time but is really hard to answer is,

What is going to happen in the future to our humanity?

How to Save Our Planet: https://youtu.be/0Puv0Pss33M

I want to know more about the specific sciences behind all of the issues we talked about. For example, about the ocean acidification.



The think that I’m curious about is: anti- matter, because I know it’s very powerful, and there is a place where anti matter is made, but only a tiny bit and it’s impossible to store.




This guy is very good:


I would like to know more about radioactivity and nuclear power.




I would like to learn more about forces and motions. I enjoyed the unit last year, and while I realise we only have one class left, I would still like to talk about this a little bit more.




Human physiology because I am very curious about the human body and its functions.

Something scientific that I would like to learn about is the human body, for example, something to do with neuroscience or the cardiovascular system. I would also be interested in learning about common things our bodies do that can be kind of confusing, like why we hiccup or experience deja vu or the significance behind dreaming and how that works. I think there’s a lot of small things that we as humans naturally do and most people don’t really know why it happens but we don’t take the time to learn about it either.

What is the earliest language known to man?


If there was intelligent life somewhere outer space would they be
having the same problems like us or would they be living with the
ecosystem, keeping it safe?

Hard question, see science fiction: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/03/dune-50-years-on-science-fiction-novel-world

What is the procedure named in which a molecule is split with another molecule?

Check out some of the crash course chemistry videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVFCOfSuPTo

I’ve always heard about dark matter and wondered what it really is. Some people think it is composed of an undiscovered particle/particles, others think it is an undiscovered property of gravity, but it is tricky to pin down so I wonder what it really is.



Not to be confused with anti-matter




This guy is very good:


What are the characteristics of the quarks which are found in protons and neutrons?


Before the school year ends. I am very interested in the harnessing of
sustainable energy. I understand the idea of shifting gears with wind
turbines, and water powered energy. But I would like to learn more
about thermal energy, and how the energy is collected.



I’ve always wondered how slime works (like it’s liquid then it’s a solid)


Check out non-Newtonian fluids, like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJfppydyGHw

How string instruments (like the violins) make sounds


I heard that the color magenta doesn’t exist. What does that mean?

I would like to know more about zoonotic diseases, and how they are spread. I also heard about current monkey pox cases (which is rare), and I saw a few articles about Singapore’s first case of monkey pox. I would like to learn more about these types of diseases and how humans and/or animals carry them.




I was thinking about ant-man the other day, (and yes this is
actually science related) and I thought about the science behind him.
They say that he shrink by compressing the atoms in his body, while
only gaining density, and losing mass, and he grows by simply
expanding volume, not mass. So if he were to shrink to the a certain
size, could he become a black hole, or is their some other stage
before that. I guess my real question is, are their stages between being a normal
thing, like just a rock, and a black hole?




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