Nature or Naughty: Bringing “Deflategate” to the High School Chemistry Classroom
journal contributionposted on 09.02.2016 by Elizabeth J. Megonigal
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In this activity, students work in groups, delving into a real-life sports melodrama“Deflategate”. Using their knowledge of the behavior of gases, and data collected by an independent investigative team, students draw evidence-based conclusions to the question: “Could the underinflated footballs used by the New England Patriots have been caused by environmental conditions during the game?” As this engaging and thought-provoking activity unfolds, students employ many of the science practices outlined in the National Research Council’s A Framework for K–12 Science Education.