6th and 7th graders problem solve!

At Jefferson Middle School, 6th and 7th graders in Mrs. Radaker's class are using the Scientific Method to test out the Wisdom of Crowds Theory. The Wisdom of Crowds Theory is the idea that large groups of people are collectively smarter than individual experts.

In 1907, Francis Galton asked 787 villagers to guess the weight of an ox. No one got the weight right but when Francis averaged the guesses together, he got a near perfect answer. This is an example of this theory because groups of people gathered their abilities together to show collective intelligence. The three main concepts of the Wisdom of Crowds Theory is big crowds make smarter decisions than just one individual, herd behavior weakens the power of crowd decisions, and to think more like a pedestrian. 

To use the Scientific Method for this, you need to know the steps. The first is to identify the problem. For example, in the example above the problem would be can people guess who much this ox weighs. The second step is to research. This part would be when Francis Galton went and asked people their guesses for how much the ox weighed. The steps go on and on. In Mrs. Radaker's class, the 6th and 7th graders were asked to perform an experiment using these steps. In Mrs. Radaker's class, the students are always doing an experiment or project that is very interesting and this is the first of many! 

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