Students will learn about the scientific method.
Students will learn the language of the science discipline.
Students will formulate scientific questions and make testable hypothesis.
Students will carry out experiments to substantiate or refute their hypothesis and evaluate their experimental results.
This programme is a collection of lab experiments that teachers can do within a classroom to get students thinking about the scientific method. All the materials in this programme are easily found and are cost efficient for the classroom. Since it is conducted entirely in English, it also provides a platform for students talented in English language learning to use the language in an authentic environment to communicate ideas and discoveries.
In the first lesson, students will be introduced to the elements of scientific investigations and will complete a mini-lab that highlights the importance of meticulous observations and data record.
The second session expands on the previous lesson scientific investigations. Students are introduced to making predictions, rerunning trials for reliability, and using their results to formulate a conclusion.
In this lab students will look at the effect of detergent on the surface tension of milk and different types of milk. This is an extension of the previous lab where students are familiarized with surface tension and how detergents function.
Chemical tests are used to identify substances. In this session, students will conduct a lab to test 2 unknown substances. They will learn to follow the procedure precisely to get the best results and to consider the reliability of chemical tests.
In this session, students will use another type of chemical tests, the pH indicator to explore how the contents of a drink affect the pH.
In this session, students will conduct their own experiments using the knowledge of the scientific methods. They will write up their experiments and prepare a poster presentation.
In this session, students will write up their own experiments for display on poster board to show to their classmates and parents in a science fair.
Target Participants / Prerequisite
Since this is a summer programme, it is required that students must have completed Primary 5 or Primary 6 (i.e. not just entering P.5 in September). They should have high proficiencies in English language subject as this course is conducted entirely in English to learn the language of the Sciences. Also, students should have good standing in General Studies subject and an interest in science. Talented students who do not meet these criteria will be accepted based on individual merit.
Miss Lo completed the PcAdvEdStd programme in Gifted Education and Science Education, and a Master of Education degree majoring in Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Hong Kong. She is an experienced English language teacher and is working as a native English-speaking teacher in Hong Kong. She has designed and taught many English and science programmes for gifted children since early 2010 and has worked with HKU and the Fung Hon Chu Gifted Education Centre.
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