Scientific thinking in the classroom? Answered
So recently I have received a very open assignment from my English class. In my high school we are having an independent study, during March. I have decided to do some research and hopefully a project about scientific thinking. I was reading Absolute Zero, and the Quest for Cold when it struck me how open scientific thinking, and research was open to many people. Famous scientist like Joules, who was a brewer, had whole other careers besides their scientific research. And even more recently, Bill Nye style science, where anyone can follow along at home, is not seen any more. Shows like the 11th Hour, and Jimmy Neutron make science into some thing distant, and limited to a special few. I see sights such as Instructables as the counter movement to that. Inviting all sorts of people, to experiment, build and learn about science themselves. Especially I enjoy reading about the green projects, because it represents a change in thinking, where everyone can pitch in to make a difference and every experiment and gadget is worth exploring for the sake of the planet.
With my class I would like to highlight how open scientific thinking really is. I am wondering if anyone can think of a project with the right amount of wow factor, and educational value, to highlight the individuality of science and engineering that instructables so well demonstrates? I would like everyone to walk away thinking, "that experiments and science research is with in my reach, and that I could make a contribution to it if I want to." The ideal/mythical project that I am thinking of doesn't need to demonstrate any scientific principal specifically. In my research so far I have liked the green projects, because I believe that from those projects and thinking seen on instructables, real progress will be made to help people and the world.