Discover the Black Box’s Secrets on Talking Science

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Our latest post on Talking Science, a project of the radio program NPR’s Science Friday, looks into how scientific inquiry works and the mathematical basis for why it’s so powerful. Adapted with permission from Biology in a Box, this hands-on activity is geared toward 9th-12th grade levels and covers probability and mathematics. In the exercise, students work in groups using the hypothesis-driven scientific method to decide on the possible identity of two mystery objects (from a set of 11 potential objects) in a “Black Box.” More Biology by Numbers posts can be found at the Talking Science website.

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