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Science Shorts: Experimental Error

by: Tracy L. Coskie and Kimberly J. Davis

One of the most challenging components of science inquiry is getting students to understand the fundamentally important concept of experimental error. While this concept can be tricky for children, there are straightforward lessons that can go a long way in getting students to think about and control for error. This month’s activity leads students through a purposely flawed investigation of popcorn, allowing them to point out the potential sources of error.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2008Stock # sc08_046_02_50Volume 046Issue 02

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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