We’ve recently finished a project about chemistry. Or, more specifically a project about matter. The class learned about atoms, molecules, electrons, neutrons and protons.
We started off the project by making a mind map about what we already knew on matter and organizing our thought and questions. (I don’t have access to mine anymore)
The driving question for this project is
“how can the behaviour of matter be explained by the kinetic molecular theory and the atomic theory”
As for the actual task we where assigned…
Our job was to code a matter simulator or game with the coding program Scratch. We learned about Scratch as a coding language, we learned about different types of matter and than we used those skills to make a simulator/game.
1. Questioning and predicting.
This competency means “how can I demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.”
I showed it by taking time to learn about the different types of atomic models as well as finding out different ways to assimilate code to make the proper outcome/reaction.
2. Scientific communication.
this competency means “how can I communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations and digital technologies.”
I demonstrated this competency by creating my own code and designing visible solutions to coding problems. I also showed Scientific Communication by helping people with code and providing reasonable examples of sequences.
3. Reasoning and analyzing.
This competency means “how can I use logic and patterns (including coding) to solve puzzles and play games.”
I showed learning this competency by learning different scratch techniques and trying to figure out how different concepts and code sequences work and can be integrated onto what we/me are working on.
One of the really fun parts of this project was the first stepping-stone The “gemstone identification challenge”. This stepping stone was basically an experiment, we set up an tools list, a question, a hypothesis, a procedure and than, content and conclusion.
here is the product of my simulation (keep in mind, I’m still working in this)
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