The workshops have started! And a lot or learning has been going on in the Investigation Workshop. On the first day we all learned from each other what investigation engenders, who are investigators, and listed our pending curiosities. The curiosities ranged from outer space to diseases. There were also a few students questioning the bible, "Where did the wife of Cain come from." I became excited by their curiosities because questioning is an adventure, in my opinion. I noticed that a few had the conception that questioning was bad because it implied that one didn't know. But I think that at the end of the day, we all agreed that questioning is much more interesting than knowing because there's so much to explore!
We also learned about inquiry and related it to scientists and the scientific method. Understanding the scientific method was a trick, especially understanding what a hypothesis is. Therefore, we did a mini exercise that uses the scientific method. We all had a cup filled with candies and each class designed their own scientific experiment. Most of them decided to pursue the question: "how many candies are in the cup" and formulated their hypothesis, then tested their hypothesis by counting the candies and lastly, analyzed and shared their results (e.g. if their hypothesis was right or false).
Today, we learned about probability. I was impressed at how everyone identified the similarities between a probability and hypothesis. Anyway, it seemed that everyone really enjoyed probability because of the coin flipping activity and the Monty Hall Problem. Thus, I have high hopes for tomorrow's experiment--it's about density!