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June 08, 2021 02:00 PM EST - June 08, 2021 02:40 PM EST

Experimenting with Paper Folding

Students will be challenged to fold a piece of paper as many times as they possibly can. Then they will design and carry out an experiment to test whether the number of folds depends upon any one of several variables. They will learn how to make hypotheses, design valid experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions—then determine whether they need to rethink and redesign their original experiments.

Materials to Gather:

  • Several sheets of paper—of various thickness if possible
  • Pen or pencil
  • Note paper

Speaker: Michael Padilla

Michael Padilla has taught science in middle and secondary school and has been a leader in middle grades science teacher education. He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest science teaching organization, in 2005-6. Padilla is a long-term author with Pearson, now Savvas, and is a lead author of the Savvas elevateScience™ K-8 programs.

 

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