Science Education: Giving Your Students Presents
Try to remember yourself as a child with a wrapped present within your grasp. A relative or friend has gone to the trouble of not only getting you a gift, but of obscuring it with cardboard and paper to create the kind of mystery that consumes an impatient child.
Driven, you look for ways to gather information about the contents of the tantalizing package. How about considering its size… about a half a meter squared… definitely not a bicycle! Is it longer than wide… might be a… But no, you’ve been fooled before; sometimes the shape of the box can be misleading.
Looking alone won’t solve the mystery. How heavy is it? You shake it, you rattle the box. You still can’t be sure. You can speculate, but that makes the desire to know more intense than anything else.
What are your options now? You could beg the gift-giver to tell you what’s in the box, but you wouldn’t know if they were telling the truth. In the end, to be completely sure and completely satisfied, you simply have to open it.
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