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The Checks Lab

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Overview:
Students construct plausible scenarios using bank checks to learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.

Author/Source:
ENSI

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
One class period.

Teaching tips:
Though there is no real evolution connection, this is a good activity to introduce or reinforce the nature of science.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.

  • A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.

  • Scientists may explore many different hypotheses to explain their observations.

  • Science is a human endeavor.

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