Virtual Headwaters: An Innovative Way To Teach Science in the Classroom

Virtual Headwaters: An Innovative Way To Teach Science in the Classroom By: Matthew Wilson and Debbie Armbasick Abstract: Science, a process of inquiry and discovery, is often taught as the memorization of facts. We report an alternative that teaches scientific inquiry while still meeting educational standards for proficiency in science. A CD-ROM about watershed ecology engages students in doing science by embracing deductive reasoning, logic, problem solving, discussion and cooperative learning in group settings, following a VARK-like (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) pedagogy. This virtual experience in the environment can be adapted in multiple science disciplines. Participants will be engaged in activities that demonstrate the methods used by the students to give participants understanding through hands-on experience.