Carl Sagan once said, "Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." To understand the applicability of science, students require opportunities to work with real-world tools.
My students attend a school designed to develop strong leaders who are academically prepared, secure in their identity and healthy.
They learn to ask meaningful questions so that they can find their own pathways toward success. They are committed to developing their abilities to lead for positive change in their communities.
My students will use these scales on a regular basis. We currently have no functioning digital scales and only one functioning triple-beam balance for high school chemistry and physics. Students will use these scales to measure out appropriate amounts of chemicals for their experiments. They will use the scales to compare the densities of different manmade substances. They will use the scales to monitor changes in the masses of materials undergoing chemical reactions.
Once my students have these tools, they will have access to a basic resource necessary for physics and chemistry.
We will go from a class with one working triple-beam balance (an 18th century technology) to a class with a full set of digital balances (a 20th century technology). All students deserve access to these resources and just reading about them simply isn't enough.
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