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Engaging Youth in Science Inquiry. Inquiry-based Science Learning. Engage youth to: Ask questions Plan & conduct investigations Use appropriate tools & techniques to gather data Think critically about relationships between evidence & explanations Communicate and share what they learn.

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Engaging youth in science inquiry

Engaging Youth

in Science Inquiry


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Inquiry-based

Science Learning

Engage youth to:

Ask questions

Plan & conduct investigations

Use appropriate tools & techniques to gather data

Think critically about relationships between evidence & explanations

Communicate and share what they learn


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Types of Inquiry

Structured

Youth are given a problem to solve, a method for solving the problem, and necessary materials, but not the expected outcomes.

Guided

Youth figure out a method for solving a given problem.

Open

Youth find a problem (or question)

and figure out a method to investigate solutions.


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Inquiry Steps

  • Be observant

  • Ask questions – “how,” “which,” or “what”

  • Design your investigation

  • Gather and analyze data

  • Interpret your evidence

  • Share your findings


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Guided Inquiry Example

Be observant

Example: “Butterflies start laying eggs in spring when the weather gets warm. I have observed Black Swallowtails laying eggs on several different plants (parsley, fennel and dill).

Ask questions

I wonder if the butterflies prefer one plant species?

What materials will I need to find out if they prefer a plant species?

How will I know when eggs are laid on a plant?


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Guided Inquiry Example

Materials I will need:

3 large pots or planters & potting soil (or garden space)

Black Swallowtail host plants (dill, parsley & fennel)

3 Nectar plants of the same

Gardening tools

Watering can or hose

My Setup:

Plant dill and nectar plant in one pot

Plant parsley and nectar plant in another pot

Plant fennel and nectar plant in the third pot


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Guided Inquiry Example

Design your investigation

I observed more caterpillars on the dill plant at school. Therefore, I think Black Swallowtails will lay more eggs on dill plant than on the other plants in my garden.

I plan to examine the leaves of the three host plants (parsley, fennel and dill) in my garden every afternoon for two months to see when eggs are laid on the plants and if one plant has more eggs than the others. I will check that there are no eggs on the plants when I start, then I will count and record the number of new eggs I see each day.


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Guided Inquiry Example

Gather and analyze data

I recorded the number of eggs laid each day for two months.

I counted 12 eggs on the dill plant on day 9 of my study. On day 11, I counted 5 more eggs on the dill and 4 eggs on the fennel. On day 17, I counted 8 more eggs on the fennel and 14 eggs on the parsley. On day 27, I counted 7 eggs on the dill plant even though there were very few leaves left.

Interpret your evidence

Based upon what I observed, I think that Black Swallowtails prefer dill as a larval host plant.


Engaging youth in science inquiry

Guided Inquiry Example

Share your findings

  • I plan to design a poster that explains my investigation and results and share it:

  • with my science class at school

  • at this year’s science fair at school

  • with my 4-H group

  • with my boy/girl scout troop

  • with my family

  • I could talk about my project with my class and then show them my photographs and drawings that demonstrate the Black Swallowtail life cycle.


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