Wowing them with science

On October 2, attendees at the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference learned first-hand today how a discrepant event—any event where the outcome is unexpected—can incite curiosity and an intrisic motivation to explore. In “Wow, I Didn’t Expect That! Powerful Lessons for Teaching Science,” session leaders demonstrated activities where unexpected results can spark questions from visitors and encourage them to further explore and experiment to discover the reasons behind the surprise outcomes.

Keith Ostfield, Children’s Museum of Houston, demonstrates how water does not always leak from a bottle full of holes.