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January 06, 2021 Wednesday 11:58:35 AM IST

Fun Way to Science

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Yale University has initiated new learning by doing series in science for elementary and middle school students. In this project, kids would do science experiments at home, involve their families, film their videos, and upload them on site. The objective of the program is to curate 100 experiments, according to Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan. The Yale scientists themselves created sample videos and posted them on YouTube. For eg. a video that demonstrates surface tension with black pepper, water, milk, and dishwashing liquid and another that demonstrates condensation with hot water, ice, a measuring cup, and a glass jar. Reinecke, a graduate student in psychology, made a Learning by Doing video that demonstrates the Stroop Effect — the idea that people take longer to process incongruent information — with a bowl, coloured markers, and some strips of paper.