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Performance Tasks

The Experimental Physicist

In this Performance Task I asked students to take on the role of an experimental physicist, much like Leonard from “The Big Bang Theory”. Students were asked to come up with a physics related question and hypothesis. Then they needed to design an experiment, which could test their hypothesis and answer the question. Once students had designed their experiment, they were asked to test it, report their results, answer their question and reflect on the experience (what worked, what didn’t work and what would they do next time). The purpose of this activity was for students to gain an appreciation of the scientific method.

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