We start by introducing students to science through actual science instruments that scientists use to do science and we combine the use of science instruments with conducting an actual science project which would require them to use such instruments as the microscopes, pH meters, conductivity meters, autoclaves, centrifuges, balances, magnetic stirrers, pipettes and other liquid measuring and delivering devices.
As far as the selection of the project is concerned, we can assign a project or discuss with the student to come up with a mutually agreeable and workable project. Here we like to combine science with some popular or classical literature which enhances their background plus the book we select is such that the students could find a science project within that book.
An example could be the book, Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck depicting the economic and cultural conditions of China when during a prolonged drought the family featured in the book ended up boiling some soil and giving the liquid from that boiled soil as soup to the hungry children.
The project that stands out here is determining the chemical composition and the nutritional value of that soup which would require the student to at least determine the protein and carbohydrate content of that soup plus any vitamins that the soup may contain. This will expose the student to study a variety of test protocols and the instruments to be used in the performing of those protocols. The project can also be divided among a number of students assigning one to do the protein, the other to do the carbohydrates and yet another one to look for the DNA content. A project like this will also generate collaborative spirit, a must trait for inter-disciplinary joint research that the academia and the business sectors now increasingly demand.
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