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Patricia
Zaradic

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Dr. Patricia Zaradic is a science teacher at Friends' Central. She works to connect people of all ages to science and is particularly interested in addressing environmental issues. In addition to teaching, Dr. Zaradic is a conservation ecologist whose work combines social science and ecological approaches to address pressing conservation issues.

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Friends Central Middle School

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Fun and play can create a more engaging learning environment. One of the units in eighth grade science that exemplifies learning through creative, playful, engagement is the Rube Goldberg unit. A Rube Goldberg device is a machine that uses a chain reaction of steps to accomplish a simple goal in a complex and whimsical way. At Friends’ Central School (FCS), the eighth grade students, in groups of 2-3, build Rube Goldberg devices to learn about energy.

The prompt for the Rube Goldberg device project is as follows:

“Your device must have at least five different steps.

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on Oct 18, 2016
by Patricia Zaradic
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At Friends Central School (FCS), the science curriculum has worked to dissolve the boundaries between school and community by emphasizing service learning projects. One of the ways that the FCS Middle School approaches this commitment is through student engagement in weekly service projects. Students choose from a menu of service assignments based on their interest. Another more specialized opportunity is part of the spring trimester in the 8th grade curriculum, the Earth Force Project.

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on Apr 21, 2015
by Patricia Zaradic
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At Friends Central School (FCS), the science curriculum has worked to dissolve the boundaries between school and community by emphasizing service learning and by relating to students as members of  communities of practice (Lave and Wenger, 1991) such as scientists, innovators and designers. One of the curricular blocks that illustrates this approach in the FCS Middle School is the stream study project. Through the stream study project, students explore the health of the local watershed by exploring a stream adjacent to the school grounds; over the course of the fall trimester, the stream evaluation becomes the medium for exploring topics such as water chemistry, watershed history, and larger scale environmental issues.

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on Apr 21, 2015
by Patricia Zaradic
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Fun and play can create a more engaging learning environment. One of the units in eighth grade science that exemplifies learning through creative, playful, engagement is the Rube Goldberg unit. A Rube Goldberg device is a machine that uses a chain reaction of steps to accomplish a simple goal in a complex and whimsical way. At Friends’ Central School (FCS), the eighth grade students, in groups of 2-3, build Rube Goldberg devices to learn about energy.

The prompt for the Rube Goldberg device project is as follows:

“Your device must have at least five different steps.

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on Apr 21, 2015
by Patricia Zaradic