Last week, when presenting this new series, I mentioned sharing some easy data collection strategies from both the student perspective and from the teacher perspective. This week, we’re going to start with the student perspective.
So how do you know that your students are learning in addition to having fun with their STEM project? Make them prove it! One great way to do this is to have students use Interactive STEM Notebooks. Another way it to have them collect data as they test each potential solution to the problem they are trying to solve.
At the heart of data collection is the humble table. Tables can be used for both quantitative and qualitative (more on that later) data entry and for more specific things like finding averages, repeating trials, etc.
Helping students collect data (and organize it) will give them a better idea of what people in STEM fields do in their careers. It will also help them to think more critically about what kids of information needs to be collected and how it should be arranged so that it can be best understood.