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How to Know if you Should Demonstrate or Experiment {Episode 94}

February 08, 2021 2 min read

Should you demonstrate or experiment for hands-on science? And how do you know the difference? Come listen to a look at these to types of hands-on scientific tests and when you should use them.

Should you demonstrate or experiment for hands-on science? And how do you know the difference? 

In today’s podcast, we are going to take a look at these two types of hands-on scientific tests and when you should use them.

Welcome to season 7 of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show, where we are exploring the how-to’s of teaching science at home so that you will have building blocks you need for homeschool science.

I am Paige Hudson, your guide through this journey. Let’s dig in…

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Episode 94 - How to Know  if you Should Demonstrate or Experiment

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Here is what you'll find in this episode:

(0:57)

Your options for hands-on science.

  • You have lots of ways to help your students encounter science face-to-face.
  • Two of the most common are scientific demonstrations and experiments.

(1:55)

The Scientific Demonstration

  • Definition: A scientific demonstration is an explanation of a process that is illustrated through an example, which serves as proof or evidence of the scientific principles at work. 
  • These allow your students to see the principles of science firsthand.
  • The teacher models the principles of science as the student observes.

(3:40)

The Experiment

  • Definition: An experiment is a test or trial done for the purpose of discovering something unknown or validating a theoretical principle. 
  • These always follow the scientific method.
  • The student is the driving force and the teacher is the mentor.

(6:04)

The Subtle Difference

  • Scientific demonstrations are teacher-led and student observed.
  • Experiments are student-led and teacher-facilitated.

(6:23)

Learn how to know which one to use in your homeschool.

  • Use scientific demonstrations during the early years. Think of these as your knowledge-building tools.
  • Use experiments as your students get older. Think of these as your exploratory tools.
  • As your students mature, your role shifts from demonstrator, or feeder of knowledge, to mentor, or educational facilitator.

(11:14)

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Should you demonstrate or experiment for hands-on science? And how do you know the difference? Come listen to a look at these to types of hands-on scientific tests and when you should use them.


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