Kids are curious, and open and guided inquiry can connect that curiousity to its natural expression in science and math for all students at all levels. Here we'll look at some rich and deep activities that can be explored in guided or open inquiry and model ways to engage students in investigation. The activities involve inexpensive equipment that can be found at your local dollar store (or maybe already in your classroom) and can be explored qualitatively and quantitatively to connect science and math outcomes in ways that unfold the deeper meaning of these subjects.
Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8)
Philip Freeman has been teaching physics, mathematics, and philosophy for over 25 years and has helped to develop teaching resources for students at many levels. He believes deeply in Einstein's famous remark that "Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler" and feels we sometimes inadvertently cheat our students of the richness of science by simplifying too much. He believes we can find ways to engage students that are both deep and accessible. Philip is a recently retired classroom teacher, an outreach coordinator for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and was an inaugural winner of the Canadian Association of Physicists Award for Excellence in High School Teaching.