Monday, August 9, 2010
remembering the joy of discovery: science Mondays
UPDATE: and the answer to the question I asked of my students who opted for something different.... 0.31 ounces per cubic inch
I have talked about discussing the history of science with some of my students this summer. As I read through the major events of the 60's, 70's, and 80's; it took me back to my days of studying science in college 81-86 (yes, I ventured into a five year plan).
It wasn't a memory of where or exactly when I heard it, but more of the thrill of finding out how nature operated. It was an emergence.
This past year I came across the news that 6 atoms of a new element had been produced. I was reminded about how new elements are brought into being by scientists. So I ask you, what I asked my students, "Do you know how to create something new?"
I hope I am instilling a thrill of discovery to some of my students.