Students Investigate Science vs Pseudoscience

7th and 8th grade scientists have been investigating the difference between science and pseudoscience. Teacher Anne Deane shared, "We reviewed the standards and methods of science, and learned to identify a number of logical fallacies (false cause, appeal to nature, bandwagon, cherry-picking, etc). Students then researched a sketchy pseudoscientific claim, such as Bigfoot, ESP, or Flat Earth, and debunked it. Although some of the claims were ridiculous (and our search histories may never recover), we have learned a lot about how to separate valid claims from shiny nonsense."