Academic journal article Science Scope

A Bermuda Triangle of Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

A Bermuda Triangle of Science

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Byline: John Winkelsas

The Bermuda Triangle is famous for the unexplained disappearances of ships and aircraft, and for strange meteorological phenomena that allegedly have occurred within its boundaries. The following activity asks students to create their own geographical triangles to research, but instead of focusing on the unexplainable, students research and report on the scientists, scientific discoveries, and other interesting science-related facts tied to the area. This activity incorporates many of the important skills eighth-grade students need to understand and practice into an enjoyable project that integrates science, language arts, math, technology, and geography. Students use research skills, critical thinking and writing skills, and map reading to complete the project. I like to use this project after students complete Standards of Learning (SOL) testing to provide them with a creative break.

The project

Each student is given the following set of directions:

Locate a map (state, country, or world) on the internet and print out a copy.

Choose three cities on the map and draw lines connecting them to form a triangle. Before proceeding, submit the triangle for teacher approval and possible modification.

Give your triangle a name. (For example, Buffalo to New York to Watertown could be called the Empire Triangle because it is in the Empire State.)

Using maps, encyclopedias, and online resources, identify as many cities and towns located in your triangle as possible.

Again, using the internet and encyclopedias, research several of these cities for information relating to scientific discoveries, and inventions, or other interesting scientific information that you would like to share with the class, such as museums, fault lines, and animal life. You must use a minimum of three cities and have at least a total of 10 pieces of information for each. …

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