The safety of our scientists is BOA’s top priority. For all of our events, the volunteers are trained to facilitate safe and engaging experiments.
We ask that when completing BOA’s experiments and activities either at home or at school…
- A responsible adult is present and supervising.
- Appropriate clothing and protective gear are worn by all active participants.
- Internet safe practices are being followed.
If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tips for Being an Effective Scientist
- Have a passion for science
- Experiment with new ideas
- Be assertive
- Be open-minded and consider all the facts when considering to reject or not reject a hypothesis
- No matter how much your hypothesis seems to make sense, if the data doesn’t support it, then you have to reject or modify your hypothesis
- Be detail-oriented
- Be open to “failure”
- There is no failure besides failing to see the error in your methods or logic
- You can always learn from your mistakes, whether it’s learning how to avoid the same mistakes in the future, or how your mistake, like a confounding variable, affects the outcome even if you hadn’t intended to learn about that variable originally
- Be patient
- Set goals, and write them down
- Collaborate with others and learn how to work with everyone
- Practice your reading and writing skills, science is not a place to go to avoid language arts
- Literacy is important in any field
- Practice your presentation skills
- Lab work could be your passion, but the important work you do won’t be impactful unless you can share it with other people
- Don’t forget to balance between work and rest
- Always get permission from a responsible adult before starting an activity
- Many of the materials used in activities can be modified
- Include links to each video + written instruction documents (all in drive, folder; one city schools videos)
- LabXChange: 13+
The P.A.C.E. Model
Good scientists should use the P.A.C.E. Model to help organize and design their experiments! It’s super easy and only 4 letters:
- P Predict.
- Form hypotheses!
- A Ask questions.
- What can/have you observed?
- What do you already know about the topic?
- C Collect data through observation.
- How can you organize your data (graph, chart, table)?
- E Evaluate their prediction.
- What does your data tell you?
- Does your data support or reject your hypothesis?
When you use the P.A.C.E. model, don’t forget to write everything down! Good scientists keep track of their process.