Northport K8 seventh graders learn scientific method

Northport K-8 seventh grade students in De Green’s science classes are studying the electromagnetic spectrum. As microwave ovens are a form of radio waves within┬áthis spectrum, the student research teams developed individual tests that could be performed with popcorn kernals. Tests varied widely but examples are, “does kernal location in the microwave affact popping success?” and “If a kernal is not in a wrapper, will it pop in the microwave?” When the data was analyzed and conclusions reached by each research team, success was celebrated by popping a bag of popcorn for student consumption. What an outstanding and unique opportunity for students researchers to learn the scientific method.

Author: LYNNE Gruszka

Northport K-8 School Media and Marketing Specialist