Objective this workshop will provide Science teachers with an innovative and flexible classroom tool to create and sustain student interest in Science. Four science stories selected for this workshop will illustrate



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onnections: Teaching Science Through Stories


(A One-Day Workshop for Science Educators)
OBJECTIVE

This workshop will provide Science teachers with an innovative and flexible classroom tool to create and sustain student interest in Science. Four science stories selected for this workshop will illustrate the basic scientific method, describe applied research to the drinking water problem, explain the eerie mathematics of exponential growth and demonstrate a curious experimental approach to creative problem solving.




COURSE OUTLINE

A professional storyteller will present stories woven around the scientific method and specific topics. The stories will be unwoven to gain insight into the process of building stories. Exercises based on the narrated stories will demonstrate the links to developing skills in science, arithmetic, and language.


TARGET AUDIENCE

Science teachers from primary and secondary schools, publishers of Science education books


DATE and TIME

4th September (Monday), 9.30am to 5pm


VENUE

Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

WORKSHOP LEADER AND STORYTELLER

With more than 40 years’ experience in multidisciplinary scientific research and popular science communication, Dr. A.P.J. Ram interacts extensively with students and science teachers in India. He is the Vice chairman of National Centre for Science Communicators, India. . He is also the Principal Scientific advisor to Labour India Educational Research Centre, Kerala India.

Ms Chuah Ai Lin (B.Sc., Geology, M.Sc., Env. Engr.), integrates her varied interests into her work as a professional storyteller, enrichment teacher, nature guide and tourist guide. For fact-based stories, she draws on the natural world, history, culture and science. In lighter vein, she also entertains adults and children with tales funny, fantastic, scary and wise, drawn from a rich tradition of stories from around the world.
COURSE FEE

S$250.00 per person includes two tea breaks, S$200.00 for Early Bird registration by 15 August 2006. Payment is to be made in Singapore Dollars, by cheque or bank draft, payable to “NBDCS”. Fees paid are non-refundable but transferable. Requests for substitution must be made a week before the course commences.


REGISTRATION and FURTHER DETAILS

CLAP (Centre for Literary Arts and Publishing) by


National Book Development Council of Singapore
Geylang East Community Library, 50 Geylang East Avenue 1, Singapore 389777

Email: clap@bookcouncil.sg / Tel: 6848 8290 / Fax: 67429466 / www.bookcouncil.sg/clap.htm

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National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS)

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Connection: Teaching Science through Stories by Dr. APJ Ram (040906)
PROGRAMME

Session 1 – “The Royal Droppings”

“THE ROYAL DROPPINGS” story uses animal characters to explore the elements of the scientific method and describe the basic nature of science. The flow of the scientific method unfolds along with the story. Teachers can use the story as a base to teach the full-blown scientific method, expanding on the processes of observation, problem statement, idea generation, hypothesis-making, experimentation, falsification and validation which are introduced. Teachers can use the story as presented or blend it with their own creativity for illustrating the Scientific Method.


Session 2 – “ROman’s Romance”

In “ROMAN’S ROMANCE, the principles of the desalination of seawater are presented in the guise of a folktale, complete with a princess and a handsome suitor. It is a fact-fiction fusion story to excite the curiosity of students in novel water technologies of vital importance to Singapore. Teachers can utilize the story to explain Newater and desalH2O, to explore the many other different kinds of water currently in use, and the strange vocabulary of words used to describe them. The concept of 3Rs, Reduce-Recover and Recycle is built into the story.

Session 3 – “Exponential Rice Mystery”

This folktale brings out the mystery and excitement of the exponential in mathematics. The power of doubling is illustrated. Teachers will be able to introduce the concept of systems dynamics and limits to growth with this story.

Teaching Tips for Teachers: Ask these questions and discuss the answers

How does your hot coffee cool off? How do rumours spread? How does the SARS virus multiply? How do unstable atoms die? How does the population bomb go off? How does air pressure go down as you go up? How does an atom bomb explode?

Session 4 – “Dog and Squirrel IQ”

In this story a scientist carries out a skillfully planned, carefully organized and cleverly conducted experiment to determine which of two animals has the higher IQ. The story has a sociobiology angle and is the resolution of the classic detour problem. This story can be used to introduce students to thought experiments and experimental design. Students can also present it as a science skit.




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