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This activity demonstrates that scientific inferences and conclusions are made based on the knowledge currently available and on the evidence presented. Students need to appreciate that scientific theories may be modified when new evidence is obtained. This activity dramatically demonstrates that the data one has available can bias the conclusions that one reaches; further, that as more evidence is presented, scientific theories can be modified to fit the evidence given. Science is tentative and constantly changing because all possible date is never available. The activity gives students a series of bank checks that collectively tell a story. Student groups receive only part of the checks and must construct the story from the data they have.
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