Reflection: Complex Tasks The Hindenburg Disaster - Section 3: Pros, Cons, & Facts


Learning to analyze and interpret data is a complex task. A complex task is a difficult task with a variety of interconnected parts. "Whether analyzing data for the purpose of science or engineering, it is important students present data as evidence to support their conclusions." (Appendix F NGSS Science & Engineering Practices)

According to NGSS Science & Engineering Practices, "A major practice of scientists is to organize and interpret data through tabulating, graphing, or statistical analysis. Such analysis can bring out the meaning of data—and their relevance—so that they may be used as evidence. Engineers, too, make decisions based on evidence that a given design will work; they rarely rely on trial and error."

I have learned that students need to practice analyzing & interpreting data. Students need to be exposed to this practice multiple times in a variety of ways. Reading non-fiction text is one way to reinforce the skill of analyzing and interpreting data. Through reading non-fiction text, students compare and contrast information, learn to recognize patterns in data, find relationships between variables, and even analyze the performance of a design under a range of conditions. 

Reading about The Hindenburg Disaster provided an opportunity to practice these science and engineering skills - analyzing & interpreting.

  Learning To Analyze & Interpret Data
  Complex Tasks: Learning To Analyze & Interpret Data
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The Hindenburg Disaster

Unit 8: Matter and Atoms
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT explain that hydrogen (gas) is dangerous and helium (gas) is not.

Big Idea: The Hindenburg Disaster brought an end to the age of the rigid airship. The disaster killed passengers and crew members. But, what caused this disaster? How does understanding this disaster relate to properties of matter? Investigate and find out!

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