Explore the nature of science with The Amoeba Sisters. This video discusses why there is not just one universal scientific method as well as the importance of credible sources when researching. Vocab in experimental design including “control group,” “constants,” “independent variable,” and “dependent variable” are discussed. Video additionally shows how to place variables on a hypothetical graph.
-OpenStax, Biology. OpenStax CNX. May 8, 2019 http://email@example.com.
-Reece, J. B., & Campbell, N. A. (2011). Campbell biology. Boston: Benjamin Cummings / Pearson.
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*Reflecting on teaching the scientific method?
-NSTA’s Position Statement on Nature of Science https://www.nsta.org/about/positions/natureofscience.aspx
*More about finding credible sources?
*How to read a scientific paper (for students)?
*More about how to graph (for students?):
*We mention ethics is an important discussion to have when doing work in science. Want to read more about ethical considerations? A great read: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/resources/bioethics/whatis/index.cfm
*What do we mean science can be “creative?” Here’s a great read!
P.S. There actually is a lot of work on trying to prevent barnacles on boats (while also trying to not hurt the environment). While our example is using a hypothetical additive, read about this interesting way that instead involves using a special coating!
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