From Science To Technology

Rationale: The unit From Science To Technology is important because it will give students an opportunity to work as scientist, using process skills ( observing, hypothesizing, measuring and analyzing), technology and hone spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is needed in order to make an inventional, artistic design of the P.T. (paper thing ). Logical-Mathematical intelligence is used to a great degree when students use numbers to graph the data and reason well. Our students must find the mass of the paper, surface area of the paper, time it takes the paper to fall and the distance of 1.5 m.

Benchmark: Technology is essential to science for outer space and other remote locations, sample collection and treatment, measurement, data collection and storage, computatation and communication of information.

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Sciencelog questions: ( also use as assessment)
  1. What is technology? How does it differ from science?
  2. Since you got up this morning, how has technology made your life different from that of your parents or your grandparents when they were your age?
  3. Do you think science contributed to the development of thes products ? Explain.
SCIENCELOG: Think about these questions for a moment, and answer them in your Sciencelog. When you've finished this chapter, you'll have the opportunity to revise your answers based on what you've learned.

Demonstration: (teacher lead; hammer and feather) or Discrepant Event If the hammer and the feather were dropped at the same time from the same height, which would hit the floor first? What variable is being controlled? If the demonstration was performed in a vacuum, there would be surprising results. What do you think the results would be?

Special Needs Accommodations: cooperative teams buddy system stickers/rewards monitor teams student repeat directions Focus Question: WHAT DETERMINES HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR PAPER TO FALL THROUGH THE AIR ? Hypothesis Procedure Results (observations) Conclusions Use camcorder to film students results.

Multicultural Extension Inform students that Dr. W. Harris, an African Americn aeronautical engineer, helps NASA develop technology for aircraft of the future. For example, one airplane he helped design can carry 300 passengers on flights across the ocean at more than twice the speed of sound.

Make a Better P.T.

What makes a better p.t.? Is it one that falls faster, slower or one that spins more before hitting the floor?

Use camecorder to tape results to compare and analyze with graphic data. Integrate The Sciences

Theme Connection: The spinning fruits of a maple tree: What structural similarities do you see between the maple fruit and the p.t.?

Assessment: performance, sciencelog, portfolio

Home assignments:

Web Sites:

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Adapted from Science Plus( Level Green copywright 1997) Holt, Rinehart and Winston publishers

Web Page Author: Carolyn Fitchett