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28/03/13  |  pdf

INQUIRE resource: 'The Decomposition Challenge'

Are you interested in teaching young people ‘how science works’ with a topic that is relevant to their everyday lives? The Decomposition challenge is a lesson which engages young people in small group discussions by asking them to explore the factors that influence decomposition rates by simply looking at a fresh and a mouldy piece of fruit.

This lesson encourages students to use their prior knowledge from their everyday life, develop their problem solving skills and relate their new knowledge to real life scenarios of shelf life and storage conditions of supermarket fresh foods.

This resource has been very effective on showcasing how IBSE can be implemented in a school classroom in a short amount of time and in a way that will inspire young people. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has developed this inspiring resource which has been used in the INQUIRE course across Europe.

Find here the lesson plan that explains in detail the activities of the 'Decomposition Challenge' and images of mouldy and fresh fruit which you can use to stimulate students’ discussions. It is always better if you can provide real specimens of fresh and mouldy fruit but if that is not possible these images are a good alternative resource.

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