Asking Scientific Questions

Author(s): Tara Ivanochko

Description: Six videos cover topics of pollination, sustainable fisheries, invasive species, wildfire management, water resources and alternative energy production. A series of in-class activities  use these videos to practice asking scientific questions and aligning questions with data. The in-class activities can be prompted by any of the these videos. The same video may be used for more than activity or each activity can be prompted be a new video.

These activities were developed for ENVR 200 Introduction to Environmental Science, the first course in a series of three core courses that culminate in a two-term collaborative community capstone project. To prepare students for a successful capstone project, both scientific questioning and community generated science must be introduced early and often. These video prompted in-class activities provide an opportunity to bring to community voices and perspectives into the classroom while developing scientific thinking.

Item Type:
Activities/Assignments, Video

Subject Area:
Science and Technology

Faculty of Science

License Type:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Undergraduate Lower Division

Technical Format:

  • Website/HTML/XHTML
  • Video


Development Location:

Author Supplied-Keywords:

Biofuels, Fisheries, Crop Pollination, Urban Planning, Invasive Species, Water Resource Management