STEM Carreers

Today we begin our STEM Careers project.  We began with a reading: STEM 101.  Then a survey, and then began to choose our field of interest.  Once we know what we are looking for (see the project) then you can use the below sites to start your research.



More on the Nature of Science: The Method.

This lesson focuses on the Scientific method.  I hope you leave class today with a sense that there is a consistent process that science follows, but that it is also flexible and different for every situation.  Our process that we will have in this class goes like this:

  1. Observation/Question
  2. Form a Hypothesis (prediction)
  3. Experiment Design  (test)
  4. Record and Analyze Results
  5. Draw Conclusions (interpret)

Here’s our short set of slides (some of this is review)

and the embedded video is here

Lastly we did a reading on the Nature of Science and the Method and answered some questions from the reading.  THIS is DUE Next Class. (Mon/Tues)

The Nature of Science

Today we’ll be talking about the Nature of Science: how it operates, what are it’s requirements and what are it’s limits.

Remember that last class we established that we must have 2 conditions at a minimum: that the Universe is observable and predictable.  Without these, science doesn’t work.

The slides below go more into Nature of Science:

We’ll finish by practicing with these Docs:

HereHereHere, and Here

What is Science?

Last week in foundations we finshed up our unit on Observation and Equipment and everybody did really well! Congradulations!

The our next unit is all about the Nature of Science (NoS).  We started with some common definitions and limitations of science in this short set of slides:

We also watched this TED-talk with Adam Savage thinking about how science begins with simple questions and observations that can lead us to amazing discoveries:


And of course we talked about the dragon in my garage.