Popcorn Neutrino Lab
Jason Petula 120 1/2 West Tioga Street Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (570) 836-8241 firstname.lastname@example.org
After students conduct the experiment, the topic of neutrinos is introduced. Essentially, the unpopped kernels represent neutrons and the popped kernels represent protons, electrons, and neutrinos. As students relate the experiment to the theoretical discovery of the neutrino, dialogue can follow discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the model.
* Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
* Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
* Challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning.
* Recognize and respond to student diversity and encourage all students to parcticipate fully in science learning.
* Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
Engagement and Exploration (Student Inquiry Activity)
2. Record results in a personal data table and also in a community data table.
3. Pairs record predictions related to the mass of an individual kernel after it is popped.
4. Pairs pop their kernels and remeasure the masses of the kernels.
5. Record results
NOTE: Have popcorn out of sight to avoid distractions during the explanation section.
2. Arcticulate theories that explain why the masses do not agree
3. If time allows, pairs can try different experimental methods to capture the missing mass.
NOTE: Step three makes a great side project.
Elaboration (Polar Applications)
2. Discuss how the activity modeled Beta decay.
3. Introduce AMANDA and ICECUBE/ICETOP research.
Exchange (Students Draw Conclusions)
2. Discuss the role of experimental and theoretical science.
3. Sythesize how the popcorn neutrino activity models the discovery of the neutrino.
Evaluation (Assessing Student Performance)
1. Correct use of balance 2. Data table 3. Predictions and explanations related to the missing mass 4. Arguements using data 5. Reflection relating the popcorn neutrino activity to the discovery of the neutrino