ERIC Number: EJ817853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
How Do Geckos Stick?
Short, Harold; Lundsgaard, Morten F. V.; Krajcik, Joseph S.
Science Teacher, v75 n8 p38-43 Nov 2008
Understanding how geckos--small lizards belonging to the family "Gekkonindae"--can "defy gravity" and walk across a ceiling provides a fascinating frame through which students can not only learn valuable content about electrostatic forces, but also engage in authentic scientific practice and explore new technologies based on gecko adhesion. In this article, the authors describe how the curriculum materials they designed explore the gecko's amazing ability through project-based science (PBS). (Contains 3 figures and 5 online resources.)
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Zoology, Animals, Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Inquiry, Secondary School Science, Observation, Persuasive Discourse, Cooperative Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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