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Student activity - The extra piece

Activity idea

In this activity, students assemble a tangram as a square and then reassemble the tangram incorporating an additional piece they are given. Parallels are drawn to particular aspects of the nature of science.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • use this tangram activity as an analogy to describe aspects of the nature of science such as the tentative nature of scientific knowledge
  • explain several courses of action scientists may take when confronted with an unexpected finding
  • give one real-world example of the tentative nature of scientific knowledge.

Download the Word file and Tangram template PDF (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas.

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself.

 - Richard Feynman, 1974.


Reprinted with kind permission from Jason Choi.
Source: http://www.scienceteacherprogram.org/genscience/Choi04.html external link