- How can water and a penny demonstrate the power of mathematics and molecular theory?
- Do spelling and punctuation really matter to the human brain?
The third of Thomas O’Brien’s books designed for 5-12 grade science teachers, Even More Brain-Powered Science uses the questions above and 11 other inquiry-oriented discrepant events-experiments or demonstrations in which the outcomes are not what students expect-to dispute misconceptions and challenge students to think about, discuss, and examine the real outcomes of the experiments. O’Brien has developed interactive activities-many of which use inexpensive materials-to engage the natural curiosity of both teachers and students and create new levels of scientific understanding. The hands-on activities serve as visual participatory analogies for science education principles related to the nature of science and cognitive learning theory, bridging the gap between practice and theory.