Sparking Curiosity
Recommended Practice: Spark initial curiosity and foster long-term interest in math and science.
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- Learn What Works: Expert interviews about sparking curiosity
- See How It Works: Videos and sample materials from schools
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Sparking Girls' Interest in Math and Science
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Learn what situational interest is and how it might transform into a long-term interest. View strategies designed to capture girls' interest in math and science courses.
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Overview
Instructional Methods That Spark Curiosity (Part 2)
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In this interview, Dr. Jon Star talks about strategies to spark students’ curiosity. What are the little and the bigger things that teachers can do in math and science lessons? Related...
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Expert Interview
Instructional Methods That Spark Curiosity (Part 1)
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Dr. Jon Star discusses interest as a development process. Instructional activities that may spark children's curiosity can be the basis for a sustained individual interest later in...
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Expert Interview
Careers in Science
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Students present about a career in science, technology, or engineering. The presentation includes job responsibilities and what they liked about the job. Also see the four related "career brochure"...
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School Example
Science in Motion
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Watch a physics lab lesson about conservation of momentum. This lab connects the physics law to car accidents and provides practice opportunities about types of collisions. See the related sample...
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School Example
Strategies for Engaging Students
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A high school physics teacher describes strategies to capture students’ immediate interest in physics. Strategies include hands-on project work, cooperative learning, and connecting physical laws...
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School Example
Science Activities That Engage Girls
Girls in Math & Science > Sparking Curiosity > See How It Works
Four science teachers discuss nontraditional instruction and innovative project ideas. Girls learn to connect science concepts to everyday experiences and topics of interest to them. Related...
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School Example
Lesson Plan: Urban Legends Experiment and "Mythbusters" Extra Credit
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This sample material contains classroom activities and extra credit work about all steps of scientific inquiry. To spark students' curiosity, all activities focus on common myths and urban...
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Sample Material
Sample Lesson Plan: Design Your Own Mall Store
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This lesson plan includes drawing a complete floor plan of the store and aims to promote visual and spatial thinking skills, as well as classification skills, as students imagine the store they...
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Sample Material
Lesson Plan: Changing the Density of Bread
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This lesson plan provides a hands-on opportunity to make predictions and experiment with a piece of bread to understand concepts related to mass, volume, and density. Related Files: Clarke...
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Sample Material
Career Brochure: Telecommunications Technician
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In this brochure, a junior high school student describes the job of environmental engineers, the tasks involved and education required. She also highlights the benefits of the job and the appeal of...
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Sample Material
Career Brochure: Environmental Engineering
Girls in Math & Science > Sparking Curiosity > See How It Works
In this brochure, a junior high school student describes the job of environmental engineers, the tasks involved and education required. She also highlights the benefits of the job and the appeal of...
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Sample Material