Pseudoscience Alert! #ThisIsHowWeSTEM
Take a look of this video before the lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWsRKP0uPOY
At the start of the lesson, show the students the experimental part of the video muted. Explain to the students that this is a minimized version of Aqua Detox and explain to them what the purpose of Aqua Detox is (without the reveal). Ask students what do they see, think and wonder about Aqua Detox
Introduce the following questions as the guiding questions for the lesson:
- Why is it important to keep a healthy balance?
- What is the motivation for people to purchase services or products to keep a healthy balance?
- How has media shaped our perception of what healthy is?
Brainstorm to provide answers to the See, Think, Wonder activity.
Provide equipment for students to conduct Aqua Detox themselves. Have the following image shown in the projector: https://matrixmassagespa.com/wp-content/uploads/Ionic-Foot-Detox-Color-C... and ask them if they felt their lymphatic system being detoxed.
Conduct the experiment safely. Make detailed qualitative observations.
3 Discussion and Conference
Meet with students individually to gauge their understanding of pseudoscience products. Try to dissuade students from concepts such as flat earth or global warming since these concepts can be disproven. Use an example of your choice.
Submit ideas on Google Sheets to make sure that ideas are unique. Meet with teacher to discuss what parts of the idea are scientifically true and what other things they are claiming that are not true.
Collect students' infographics and provide instantaneous feedback to students if they need to change or correct information. Double check citation to make sure that they comply with your school's citation policies (ex. our school wants our students to use MLA-8 citation).
Submit infographics with works cited onto Google Classroom.