Explore the available data:school activity calendars,
- interviews with the parents of the absent students, and
- other local town information including restaurant inspection reports that will help you determine some potential causes for the absences.
Based on all of the information you collect, complete the remaining parts of the PowerPoint presentation:
- The specific circumstances/symptoms experienced by the students which prevented them from attending school.
- Two testable, clear hypotheses that state what caused the absences. Be sure to base your hypotheses on the evidence you obtained (e.g., Health Department Restaurant Inspections, details from school calendars, etc.) and include an explanation of who, what, why, when, and how as the evidence supporting your hypotheses.
- Come up with six follow-up questions for each hypothesis that you could ask to help further your investigation and support or disprove each hypothesis.
- According to an anonymous town resident, the spike in absences coincided with the annual anniversary of the death of the town’s founder, Jeremiah Potts. The founder died 150 years ago during the month of May following an unexplained illness, and ever since his death, he haunts the public buildings causing symptoms similar to the illness that he succumbed to.
- Provide an explanation for why this “haunting” hypothesis is not scientifically valid. Include in your explanation a more appropriate hypothesis, similar to the two that you created based upon the available evidence.