Students rarely have the opportunity to delve into the unknown and brainstorm solutions to cutting-edge, unsolved science problems that affect thousands of people. To counter this trend, the following activity was developed to expose students to issues and problems surrounding cancer treatment using an inquiry-based approach. Through this activity, students step into the role of “real” scientists and brainstorm possible treatment options by working collaboratively, utilizing problem solving strategies, and creativity to explore science and technology.
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While helping students develop a better understanding about the nature of science and technological design, this activity introduces the innovative and emerging field of nanotechnology and exposes students to the unique properties of ferrofluids. It also illustrates the concept that nanoscale modifications of a substance change its macroscale properties.
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Science process skills
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
|Requirements:||Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
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