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Chemistry Edutainment: A Storytelling Activity for Middle-School Children

Chemistry Edutainment: A Storytelling Activity for Middle-School Children
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Author(s): José Ferraz-Caetano (REQUIMTE-LAQV, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal) and Dora Dias (Unidade de Ensino das Ciências, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 28
Source title: Handbook of Research on Contemporary Storytelling Methods Across New Media and Disciplines
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lorena Clara Mihăeş (University of Bucharest, Romania), Raluca Andreescu (University of Bucharest, Romania) and Anda Dimitriu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6605-3.ch019

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Abstract

Creating a fun, interactive, and useful science activity for teaching purposes can be a real challenge, especially if it is addressed to middle-school children. More and more science communicators are employing novel communication techniques to better reach out to their audience. In science communication, storytelling is valuable to sparking interest in science. Given that there are many episodes in the history of science that can serve as inspiration, the authors of this chapter share how they used storytelling, based on a real-life event, to create a science communication activity for middle-school children. Focused on chemistry and ethics, these topics were introduced through hands-on laboratory activities with ethical questions embedded in the story line. This task challenges the students to come up with answers by themselves, through a problem-based learning model. By adding game logic elements to this activity, the authors created a unique form of communicating science, both educational and entertaining, which children appreciated.

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