Today we began the process of understanding science and science inquiry. Of course, I first needed to begin with discussing what an "inquiry" is. I always think it is interesting that when a person asks what an inquiry is - the answer is what they are doing ((asking a question)). To help us understand science and science inquiry, we used a couple of videos from BMS's account with Discovery Education. In the videos, examples of some basic inquiries in science were shown. There was one where a girl tested if contact with air might be the cause of rapidly ripening of bananas
. In the other video, four different types of scientists (a psychologist, a geneticist, a wildlife biologist, and a seismologist) were shown talking about and doing their work. What was most interesting, though was that even though their fields of specialization were very different from one another, they still all followed the same pattern for doing science:
- Ask a question.
- Form a hypothesis based on what is already known.
- Develop a way to investigate the hypothesis.
- Conduct the investigation.
- Collect data
- Analyze the data
- Form a conclusion based on the evidence.
- Communicate the findings.
The only thing that I personally would add to all of that is one more step: #10. Ask more questions.
Last year They Might Be Giants
released a new album (Here Comes Science
) filled with songs about science. Here is a video of Science is Real: