Making Science Real by Doing Field Research
The field trip was a culminating activity for the biodiversity and ecosystems unit. Students spent the day on the mountain recording detailed observations about the plant and animal life of the mountain and the myriad of interactions occurring between living things and their environment.
Students collaborated with each other and their teachers to share and organize their findings. Upon their return to school the grade 9 students used their data to formulate a conclusion with which to answer the essential question of the unit: “Is Nanshan a healthy ecosystem?” Critical thinking was essential in order to form scientifically logical inferences with which to explain the many observations students made.
While many students had climbed the mountain before with family or friends, this was the fist time that they had been asked to focus so intently on their surroundings and to think like scientists as they hiked. As a result, they were able to see the world in a different way and returned to SIS with a new appreciation of the value and importance of a place like Nanshan.
Being able to leave the classroom behind and apply learning to the real world is an essential part of science and in a large urban setting like Shenzhen, SIS is fortunate to be at the doorstep of this wonderful natural area.
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