Science fairs: Teaching students to think like scientists

Broadcom MASTERS competition encourages science as interactive, live process, not just memorization

By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 19:35 PM October 5, 2011

 

Samantha Rowland

 

 

If you grew up learning that science is a class where you memorize clunky, four-syllable words and follow instructions straight out of the lab manual, raise your hand.

 

That’s just the kind of thinking that Len Kenyon is working to change when he helps his students develop ideas for science fairs. Too often, students think that science is about rote memorization and step-by-step procedures, rather than active and live processes, he says.

 

“Students have these misconceptions…they think scienc...

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