Welcome to Science Court!

Science Court is project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds. The public is engaged through compelling audio, video and online content generated by the students about the preparations, trial and verdict. The trial is open to the public.


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OUR CASE FOR FALL 2018 WAS:

Should the State of Minnesota implement a 1:1 technology program in K-12 public schools, assigning one device (laptop or tablet) to every student for educational use in school and at home?

Kids in school with their iPads

After deliberating for a little over three hours, the jury voted 10-3 for the con position against adopting a 1:1 Tech program in Minnesota.

View the closing arguments and the full jury statement (including suggestions for a "third way").

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Q&A with Prof. Tadmor on Science Court in Star Tribune

A Q&A with Prof. Tadmor on Science Court "Aerospace engineer takes civility to court at University of Minnesota" appeared in the Inspired section of the Star Tribune on Saturday, March 16, 2019. In a conversation with reporter Gail Rosenblum, Tadmor discusses his ideas on strengthening democracy and what prompted him to act. Read the conversation at http://strib.mn/2TUe95G

WATCH VIDEO: A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST SCIENCE COURT CLASS!

Watch this short documentary about the first-ever Science Court course at the University of Minnesota.  It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the class from the first day through  the verdict!  The video was written and narrated by our podcaster, Luke Diamond, and edited by our media team member Porter Larkin.     

THE VERDICT IS IN, AND….

The suspense is over!  The majority of the jury voted against the 1:1 technology program. The jury foreman offered his thoughts about the process and how they came to their decision : 10 voted against (CON) for 1:1 technology in Minneapolis public schools, and 3 voted (PRO).  

Foreman Reading Verdict

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Upcoming Events

The next Science Court trial will take place in Fall 2019. Our next "off season" (spring and summer) event is on Saturday, June 15, 9-12pm, see Events for details.

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