Natural curiosity is the foundation of science. As a child, who hasn’t asked “why is the sky blue” or wondered how flies can walk on the ceiling? When fostered, children’s natural state of wonder can lead to a deeper level of learning. Engaging students in structured inquiry helps develop strong scientific minds capable of challenging current perceptions and designing solutions for a better future.
At the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Engage 2020 virtual conference this past weekend, presenters supported their peers with a vast array of exciting materials for use in classrooms. New approaches to delivering virtual learning, solving problems using scenarios, and designing assessments that promote equitable learning were just some of the many ideas presented.
APW contributed to the engagement theme by showcasing how water can be saved, even during a pandemic, using our new online learning platforms. The virtual Water Scene Investigation (WSI) encourages families to work together to save water in their households, while the Where’s Our Water (WOW) lesson inspires students to become community leak detectors.
By supporting student’s natural curiosity with relevant, real world activities, APW is helping our communities improve and science evolve. Doesn’t that make you wonder what else is possible?