The Scientific Method—Eureqa!

Katelyn Gardepe, Fifth Grade, David Cox Road Elementary School

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This curriculum unit is intended to entice students about the math and science work they will do throughout the year. Students will begin with a lesson on the Scientific Method and explore how to put this process to work in an experiment of their own. “The Scientific Method—Eureqa!” uses Eureqa, a genetic algorithm based software program, that mines through data to find specific patterns and optimal solutions to problems. Use of this software is typically used in corporate offices or higher education facilities, however in this unit it is relatively “fifth grade friendly”. Students have the opportunity to see just how hard a scientist works to prove his or her discoveries, as well as the influence mathematics and the sciences have on each other.