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Scientist Definition

A scientist studies the natural world through observation and experimentation. For example, they conduct experiments to gather evidence.

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What Is Science? (3-5 Version)

Fun Facts

  • Scientists share findings for others to repeat investigations and must be willing to change their minds based on new evidence.
  • Paleontologists are scientists that engage in debates over fossil findings.
  • Astronomers are scientists that use scientific practices to study space; astrologers do not.

Why Do We Need To Know About Scientist

Learning about what scientists do helps us see how important their discoveries are in our everyday life and shows us that being a scientist can be very rewarding. Scientists have changed farming, made medicine better, and help solve big problems in the world.

They work on making energy cleaner, finding new ways to treat diseases, and figuring out how to grow food better. Being a scientist means you can really make a difference in the world by using experiments and facts to find new solutions and ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is science?
Science is the process of learning about the natural world through observation and experimentation. Scientists use evidence, along with active thinking, to explain what is happening in the natural world.
How does a person start ‘doing science’?
Science starts when a person is curious about the world around them and asks questions about how it works. They think of ways to learn about the world by doing investigations, keep track of their data as evidence, and tell other people what they have found. There are eight “science and engineering practices” which is what we do when we are “doing science.”
What are some of the benefits of science that we live with every day?
In the video, Izzy mentions electricity, modern agriculture and advances in medicine such as antibiotics. There are countless more! Diseases that were once harmful or deadly (polio, small pox, chicken pox) are now nearly extinct thanks to science!
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