All science classes are starting to use science phenomena and they are key to engaging students in learning about the world around them. It is a journey to figuring out a phenomenon that defies easy explanation. It might be a surprising or puzzling phenomenon, something that violates the rules of the world that students have come to accept, like an object that levitates. It might be a phenomenon students need to understand to address a problem, such as predicting and preparing for a violent storm. It might be a phenomenon that they want to know how to control, like soil erosion on a farm. Or, it might be an everyday phenomenon that mystifies students when they stop to think about it, like why droplets of water spontaneously appear on the outside of a glass of cold water.
The goal is to motivate the development of target disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices.
"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science." - Edwin Powell Hubble
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison