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Creativity in the Science Classroom

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Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 495 Points

The Ask a Mentor column from the April 2019 issue of NSTA Reports featured a discussion about creativity in the science classroom (see attached PDF). I am planning to write about this topic for a Reports story, and I wonder: How are teachers encouraging students to be creative in science? And how are teachers themselves being creative in their science classrooms? Though the Ask a Mentor column discusses unique presentations, I’m also interested in any other ways students and teachers are being creative: in assignments, group projects, ways of forming teams…Do you have a “Wacky Wednesday” in your science classroom?

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Debra Shapiro

Associate Editor, NSTA Reports

National Science Teachers Association

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Emily Faulconer Emily Faulconer 5745 Points

I challenge my students to summarize a concept in the form of a haiku. I have used this at the high school and undergraduate level. I know it is a very small thing, but I love the creativity of my students when I challenge them with this! 

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 495 Points

Hi, Emily, Thanks for your message. I see that you're an NSTA member. Are you reachable directly at this e-mail address? [email protected] Kind regards, Debra

Tiffany Ward Tiffany Ward 1195 Points

Today, we did a STEM activity in class. The students worked in pairs to build lego cars that could be powered by wind (fans) using sails. They used creativity in designing the cars and redisgning them after trials. After seeing how far their first car design traveled, they would modify their design by changing the size and/or placement of the sail(s), wheels, or any other part of the car as they saw fit. There were no guidelines other than the car needing to have a sail and travel as far as possible, so the students' designs were all very unique!

George Mehler George Mehler 1560 Points

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