Teaching Science When You Don’t Know Diddly-Squat Series
March 2, 2017
Michigan State University Extension
What is the answer? Who cares?
It’s all about the questions! When youth ask questions you cannot answer, you win!
The goal of teaching inquiry-based science is to make the youth smarter than you. When they ask questions you cannot answer, it is not a failure.
The joy of science is the joy of discovery. Have you ever had a “light bulb moment” when you suddenly understand something you previously did not? How does that feel? You feel accomplished. The goal is not to impart your knowledge to others, but rather to let them discover it for themselves.
Use this series of ready-to-go lesson plans to start teaching inquiry-based science to youth. The purpose is not to teach specific content, but to teach the process of science – asking questions and discovering answers. This activity encourages young people to try to figure things out for themselves rather than just read an answer on the internet or in a book. As a leader, try not to express your opinion, but let the youth engage in arguments based on evidence.
Teaching Science When You Don’t Know Diddly-Squat Introductions:
Teaching Science When You Don’t Know Diddly-Squat Activities:
For additional science activities designed for preschool aged children, check out the Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science Activities for Young Minds series.