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Thinking Scientifically - The Pasta Challenge: Problem solving, critical thinking, data collection and analysis as well as collaboration between peers should be fun and the centerpiece of every science classroom. This science lab will challenge students to think outside the box and work together to gather as well as graph data and search for patterns all while providing the teacher with opportunities to learn about their students' basic scientific skill sets.
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What are the benefits of this activity?
All Thinking Scientifically lab activities can be done with basic and inexpensive household supplies. This activity can be done at any point during the school year including the first day of the year or semester. Students will not only engage in scientific thought and strategy but also teachers can incorporate social emotional learning by taking time to have group members learn about each other and have fun in mixed groups.
What will the students be doing?
Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 and are challenged to develop a procedure that will allow them to create a mathematical model (graph) to find the relationship between the length and mass of spaghetti. Teams are provided with guiding questions, lab design template to help them in their planning. Teams must then practice testing their model so they can accurately make predictions given to them by their teacher.
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