Friday, 7 May 2010

Follow a Scientist at Work: Notes from the field

Ever wanted a chance for your students to follow a scientist at work ...

This New York Times Blog will be a great opportunity to do this (and meet expectations within the NZC Achievement Objective Nature of Science: Understanding about science.)

Christopher Raxworthy, curator in the Department of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History, has been to Madagascar more than 30 times to conduct field research on this island nation’s chameleons, frogs, and lizards. Now you can follow him to the summit of Mt. Marojejy, as he climbs through tropical rainforests, bamboo thickets, and low-lying scrub to camp at nearly 7,000 feet. For the next few weeks, Raxworthy’s thoughts, discoveries, and photographs will be posted as the inaugural blog for The New York Times’s “Scientist At Work: Notes from the Field” (

New Zealand Curriculum: Nature of Science: Understanding about Science:

Appreciate that scientists ask questions about our world that lead to investigations and that open-mindedness is important because there may be more than one explanation (Level 1 and 2)
Identify ways in which scientists work together and provide evidence to support their ideas. (Level 3 and 4)

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