Inspiring Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Science
Annually a group of Notre Dame High School students bring investigative science to the world. Designed and moderated by Dr. G. Ayyavoo, this is a site where a group of high school students post science research, events and topics in the school. As students from an all-girls’ high school dedicated to share student-designed science research, the learners discover many scientific, technological, environmental, social and health issues, especially on women’s health-related matters. These relevant scientific ideas are generated from students’ own interest with support from their teacher-mentor. As keen science students, they design and conduct investigations that enable them to feel like a real scientist in high school. Their investigations become the focus of science teachers’ who motivate them by inspiring higher order thinking skills through SIPs.
What is SIP?
Scientific Investigative Project (SIP) is designed to inspire and facilitate science learning using inquiry-based strategies. Scientific Investigative strategies incorporate the methods of nature of science (NOS) to learn about world events. According to Dr. Ayyavoo, SIP indulges in a systematic approach to develop new knowledge and solve student relevant problems. This inquiry opportunity is to enable students to gather, analyze and interpret data to develop new ideas and solutions. SIP students enhance their cognitive skills as they argue, debate and connect with relevant world issues in the form of Science-Technology-Society-Environment (STSE) based issues and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
Founder and Moderator: Dr. Gabriel Ayyavoo
SIP – Abstract Selection
‘DameDetectives‘ employs two tiered review system for all grade 9 to 12 investigative studies with the following abstract requirement. The one page SIP abstract needs a title, introduction, causal question(s) with reasoned hypothesis which also delivers a prediction. The method of investigation can be presented in different forms including the use of flow charts or any other brief descriptions. The SIP findings and its application is discussed. Photos, pictures, diagrams and graphs are encouraged with attractive presentation of the SIP abstract paper in colour. The final requirement is to provide a one sentence “Words of Wisdom’ for future girls inspired to be Detectives.
SIP Review Process
The first review is an overall submission to Dr. G. Ayyavoo, teacher-Moderator, who commences the student committee to review the suitability for publication. If the SIP abstracts are selected, the second review process is conducted on each selected article for both scientific and grammatical correctness. Each selected paper is read and discussed through the student committee. The student committee is composed of web directors, scientific and writing reviewers from various grades with at least one member from the senior science grade. This student committee advises the teacher moderator for further review and revisions (if needed) by authors. The student authors then receive their abstracts to modify any necessary revisions. The final corrected version of the final abstract is then published on the DameDetectives online site.