Decomposing Inquiry

screenshot249What a great way to engage students.  This Youtube clip, Decomposition lab by Amy Park shows year four students investigating changes as their chosen piece of fruit decomposes over a 2.5 week period.  Its great to see the students so engaged, and learning so many great inquiry skills.  Even parents can participate.

What lessons can museums, or history classes glean from the process here?

What activity could you investigate over a period of time.  Could a period of a  couple of weeks become a timeline that might be acted out and videoed?   What daily measurements might be taken? Could a current issue be tracked day by day – measured, plotted?  Perhaps it could be a walk down a street through time.

Magnifying glasses are a must have. I reckon a good old fashioned Sherlock homes mystery in a museum might be the go.  Many things can be investigated with a magnifying glass in a museum …

Author: Janis Hanley

Janis Hanley creates education programs for museums. She has a strong interest in digital engagement. Her programs have received several Queensland National Trust awards. Janis is the Queensland representative of the Museums Australia Education committee, and founder/coordinator of MAEdQ - a Queensland Network for Museum Educators . Janis is currently researching the value of digital story telling in community museums.

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