In this activity, your students will develop and learn how to use criteria for assessing the safety, ethical, cultural, and environmental risks of science investigation methods. Designed to nurture aspects of the evaluating and planning and conducting curricular competencies, this activity can be easily applied to many science situations.
Students can assess the risk of other experiments in science (e.g., famous experiments, school-based experiments).
Use a variety of learning styles within the activity (e.g., auditory through the discussion that happens, visual through drawing an image of the science experiment, reading/writing through recording their thoughts on paper, kinesthetic through hands-on activities).
Planning and conducting
The experiment described in the handout was the “blue eyes—brown eyes experiment” conducted by a teacher in 1968. More information on the experiment can be found here: Lesson of a lifetime.
Invite each student to complete a copy of the "Assessing my ability to assess risks" rubric.
Evaluate students’ ability to:
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