Day 139 – TRIUMF

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Science 8 – I took my classes to TRIUMF at UBC today.  It was a good day for a few reasons.  First, it was nice just to get outside of the classroom. Second, for many students this was their first time taking public transportation by themselves and a good way to start that  process. Thirdly, the facility is just plain interesting.

After our tour I polled the kids to see how they liked it.  The feedback was pretty polar.  Most kids really liked it and found it interesting. A reasonable amount did not like it all that much. I think this polarization can be explained by the students’ existing knowledge.  For those that had a hard time with the vocabulary being used in the tour, the tour was not very interesting.  Often times we adults don’t give enough thought into what vocabulary kids know, when giving talks or presentations.

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Day 8: Constant Velocity Lab

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Once again, we have found a use for textbooks in physics.  Here the students use books for markers on the ground while measuring time and position for constant velocity analysis.