1st year pupils came to the LRC with Science for their first ever secondary investigation, investigating Scotland’s role in scientific history.
Pupils investigated a number of distinguished scientists, engineers, inventors and doctors, some of whom were Scottish by birth, and others whose research was carried out within Scotland.
But as usual, we began with a picture and asked the pupils to tell us everything they could see in the picture. Answers included: man, glasses, bow tie, suit, ears, white hair, wrinkles, petrie dish, black and white, photograph and nose (it was a pretty decent size).
Then we asked the pupils to tell us what they thought about this picture, using the information they’d already gathered. This time, the class suggested that he was old (white hair and wrinkles), that he was from the 20th century (black and white photo) and a scientist (the petrie dish).
And then some bright sparks suggested that he was Alexander Fleming, which was brilliant, because he was. Poor Alex, the classes also thought he looked pretty grumpy 😦
And then pupils followed the same procedure with their own people:
What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?
Two periods of research later and they were off to create powerpoints to educate the rest of the class about their guys: Thomas Telford, Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Watson-Watt, John Napier, Lord Kelvin, James Clerk Maxwell, Joseph Black, James Hutton, James Lister and all the others.