Mason Intermediate sixth grade scientists recently worked in small research teams to challenge the claims of products available to consumers. From head-to-head cleaning challenges to discovering just which brand of paint dries faster, students took the lead in their learning by investigating their world using the scientific method.
"We have been studying the scientific method and learning how scientists use the scientific process to test products. In class, we have tested a variety of products. As a final project to this unit, the students participated in a Consumer Challenge," explained Susan Grable, MI Team Patriots science teacher. "Students worked in small groups and designed their own product test. The students were responsible for deciding on a question that their test answered, wrote a hypothesis, listed the procedures for the test, conducted an experiment, collected data, wrote a conclusion, and posted their findings.”
Over 600 families attended a culminating Consumer Challenge Event on October 21 when students presented their work in a “science fair” fashion.