56 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
that is attempting to develop interested, passionate science thinkers and
Science Inquiry Club
The idea behind the Science Inquiry Club is to support middle school
students to use a scientific research process to learn something they are
interested in or passionate about. Here is the basic structure of the club:
• Any interested student could sign up.
• Meet with students one day per week, after school for 1. 5 hours.
• Run the project over the course of 1 semester.
• Work through basic skills of project ideation, question development,
experimental design and data collection techniques with students as
• Coach students individually through self-directed project design and
•Provide a framework for peer evaluation and feedback (a tuning
• Support students with data interpretation and collation of published
works to support conclusions.
•Provide guidelines for sharing findings and evaluation of the
Students in the club learn about a topic of their choice using a scientific
process where they:
• Develop a research question for exploration.
• Design a method for collecting data in order to attempt to answer that
• Collect empirical data.
• Interpret the meaning of that data.
• Evaluate the reliability of the data collection process.
• Form conclusions
• Share findings with a broader scientific community.