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Harvard Museum of Natural History: 8th Grade Author Talk

Harvard Museum of Natural History: 8th Grade Author Talk
Posted on 10/06/2017
DarwinEl viernes, 15 de septiembre, los estudiantes Amigos del 8vo grado asistieron una charla titulada “Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory” como parte de la serie de conferencias “La evolución importa” en el Museo de Historia Natural de Harvard (HMNH). El Dr. James Costa habló sobre el lado inventivo del Darwin, detallado en su nuevo libro, Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Después de la charla, los estudiantes visitaron las galerías del museo donde estudiantes y profesores de Harvard, encabezados por Jennifer Cross Peterson, demostraron una selección de experimentos de Darwin.

El libro del Dr. Costa se trata de cómo Charles Darwin, icónico biólogo evolutivo, era un naturalista con una pasión por los experimentos. A veces extravagantes y siempre iluminadores, los experimentos de Darwin eran una parte siempre presente de su vida cotidiana.

DarwinLos estudiantes aprendieron sobre las lombrices de tierra, las abejas, las plantas carnívoras y las plantas de "escalada" en las galerías del museo. También, los estudiantes diseñaron simulacros de patas de pato con el autor (Darwin usó pies de pato reales) para investigar cómo los moluscos podrían viajar de estanque a estanque.

Great Student Quotes
“I really did not know that Darwin was a jokester. I always figured that he was a serious guy.”

The “presentation was very interesting and it made me want to try out the experiments that Darwin did.” 

“I loved seeing a new word of Darwin, it was really enlightening. It was a very unique feeling seeing someone completely new revealed to me.”

“I enjoyed learning not only what Darwin did in terms of biology and how it has affected our modern world today, but also what kind of person he really was…”

“Thank you to the museum for allowing us the opportunity to learn more about evolution and history through interactive activities that I really benefited from...” 

“I liked how he showed us how he experimented with his own inventions and ideas.”

“You (Dr. Costa) have expanded my interest in scientists and how there life outside of science really matters."

“When I would look at the photos of Darwin I always thought of him as a very non-social, mean guy. Through your presentation I have learned about how funny and nice of a guy he was.”

“Another thing I took away from his presentation is that for science experiments you don't have to be in a lab with a lab coat on, you can do it in your backyard or a park. I had always thought that science experiments always took place in labs.”

“I found the presentation incredibly informative and at the same time, professionally humorous, making it very enjoyable to listen to…”

“You(Dr. Costa) have deepened my knowledge on both the life of Darwin but also gave me sense of how some great discoveries have come and not necessarily from a people sitting at fancy desks."

“I learned that making mistakes is the key to success because each time you make a mistake, you learn and grow from it, which Darwin showed us.”

“I learned is that he did his experiments with friends and family in his backyard.”

“I have always been a bit of a history buff but this really had me engaged and thinking as you elaborated on Darwin the person instead of Darwin the scientist from the textbooks.”

“The experiment we did with the duck feet was very interesting and educational, but in a fun way”

“I really enjoyed learning about your Darwin’s crazy yet interesting experiments (my favorite was when he played music to worms).”

“I found it interesting how they all seemed to make sense no matter how bizarre they were. I learned that scientists don’t always need fancy equipment to make great discoveries.”

“It was interesting to be shown a different side of a traditional scientist, well known for his angry expression (caused by the 30 minute waiting period involved in taking a 19th century picture, as we learned), his giant white beard, and his gigantic biological discoveries, most notable natural selection…”

“Sometimes, silly experiments can lead to a revolutionary discovery”; it’s not bad to be always curious and wondering about how things on Earth are the way they are."