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WHAT IS SCIENCE? (6-8)

Science is the process of identifying patterns in nature and developing explanations of how and why those patterns exist. Scientists use experimentation and careful observation to collect evidence to support those explanations. Although there is no single scientific method, all types of scientists use the eight science and engineering practices in different orders and combinations to do their work.

To better understand science…

WHAT IS SCIENCE? (6-8). Science is the process of identifying patterns in nature and developing explanations of how and why those patterns exist. Scientists use experimentation and careful observation to collect evidence to support those explanations. Although there is no single scientific method, all types of scientists use the eight science and engineering practices in different orders and combinations to do their work. To better understand science…

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What is science?

What is science?

Science is the study of the natural world, and the many branches of science focus on particular parts of that world. We often think of scientists following the scientific method and conducting laboratory experiments, but that’s only part of the story. Some scientists do carry out experiments where they change one variable at a time (single-variable testing) and measure the effects of that change to test a hypothesis, but other scientists must rely on careful observations to collect data. What all scientists have in common is that they work to identify patterns in the natural world and then use evidence to explain how and why those patterns exist. It’s also true that some scientists follow a process that is very similar to the scientific method that you have probably learned about, but others only use parts of that process or take some additional steps or work through them in different orders. That’s why we are shifting from thinking about a single scientific method to focusing on the eight science and engineering practices.

What is science? Science is the study of the natural world, and the many branches of science focus on particular parts of that world. We often think of scientists following the scientific method and conducting laboratory experiments, but that’s only part of the story. Some scientists do carry out experiments where they change one variable at a time (single-variable testing) and measure the effects of that change to test a hypothesis, but other scientists must rely on careful observations to collect data. What all scientists have in common is that they work to identify patterns in the natural world and then use evidence to explain how and why those patterns exist. It’s also true that some scientists follow a process that is very similar to the scientific method that you have probably learned about, but others only use parts of that process or take some additional steps or work through them in different orders. That’s why we are shifting from thinking about a single scientific method to focusing on the eight science and engineering practices.

Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

The science and engineering practices are the eight activities that scientists across all branches of science use to answer their questions about the natural world. All scientists start with a question about the natural world. Those questions can come from many different sources, but they must be questions that can be answered by using evidence. Scientists collect that evidence through carefully planned investigations. Sometimes those investigations are experiments, but sometimes scientists cannot conduct experiments. For example, paleontologists and astronomers have to collect their evidence through careful observations using their senses or tools like X-ray machines or telescopes.