Science, Creativity, and Experimental Design
By Mr. Michael T. Roche
Have you ever wondered if different headphones will give you noticeably better sound quality on your iPod? … or how effective waterproof mascara is? ... or if spending more for the expensive paintballs has any effect on your accuracy when used with your equipment? ... or what an algorithm is and how some algorithms might affect your life as a seventh grade student? ... or how difficult (or easy) it is to program an app for your smartphone?
We’ve found that pursuing questions generated by the students themselves offers wonderful opportunities for teaching science. If a student is passionate about a topic, they can be guided to explore that topic as a scientist might.
If the thought of challenging your creativity intrigues you, that’s all you need to bring on the first evening!
This course will challenge students to formulate questions and devise ways to answer them. This may involve online resources, measuring devices, data logging hardware, software and other resources, but regardless of the tools used, students will be challenged each week with opportunities to creatively investigate topics in a variety of scientific disciplines. Our experience has shown that our more creative students usually ask the best questions.
Willing to challenge your creativity and see what that has to do with the design of experiments? If so, we'd love to work with you this coming semester!
Although not required, students will be encouraged to document and communicate their personal inquiries through online networking resources. An optional online course resource (a non-public wiki) will supplement this Stars Challenge foundation course and allow students to communicate with Stars Challenge instructors, teaching assistants and select members of High Technology High School’s Experimental Research Group – older students who have been successful in local, state and regional research competitions.
Michael T. Roche
High Technology High School
Mr. Roche is a research advisor and biology teacher at High Technology
High School, located on the campus of
The Stars Challenge, Inc.
The Stars Challenge admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.