To Build or Not to Build, That is the Discussion

Understanding Life Systems
The students will be holding a community meeting to discuss local issues that are related to biodiversity. In order to prepare the students for this inquiry, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on topics like the classification of living things and the interrelationships within a habitat. This inquiry will create an appreciation for biodiversity and the need to preserve it.

 

NASCAR’s New Flying Race / Auto Racing Takes to the Skies

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
The students will be creating a flying device, choosing sponsors from industries that use aviation technology, and entering the flying race. In order to prepare the students for this inquiry, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on topics like the properties of air and the forces of flight. This inquiry will create an appreciation for the benefits and costs of aviation.

 

Survivor

Understanding Matter and Energy
The students will be provided with the scenario that they are going on a trip. However, their group has been stranded somewhere in Canada where there is no available electricity, but there is an energy source from which electricity could be generated. They need to build a shelter and since they do not know when rescue will come, the students need to conserve their use of electricity, with one battery operating at least two devices. In order for the students to direct this inquiry on their own, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on topics like designing electrical circuits, and alternative ways of producing energy. This inquiry will create an awareness for society’s reliance on electricity and electrical devices.

 

Fund Me!

Understanding Earth and Space Systems
The students will be researching the costs and benefits of space exploration in order to determine whether the Canadian Space Agency should receive increased funding for their programs or if another program needs it more urgently. In order to prepare the students for this inquiry, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on the necessary tools and devices for space exploration, and knowledge about space phenomena. This inquiry will create an awareness of the benefits and costs of space exploration.