In this activity, students assemble a tangram as a square and then reassemble the tangram incorporating an additional piece they are given. Parallels are drawn to particular aspects of the nature of science.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • use this tangram activity as an analogy to describe aspects of the nature of science such as the tentative nature of scientific knowledge
  • explain several courses of action scientists may take when confronted with an unexpected finding
  • give one real-world example of the tentative nature of scientific knowledge.

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself.

Richard Feynman, 1974

Download the Word file and Tangram template PDF for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas.

Acknowledgement
Reprinted with kind permission from Jason Choi.
Source: http://www.scienceteacherprogram.org/genscience/Choi04.html

    Published 7 October 2011