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Scientific Inquiry Soars to New Heights

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Scientific Inquiry Soars to New Heights

What does it mean to be a scientist and to “do science”? Over the last months, our Long-View learners have worked to better understand that, as scientists, we are always asking -- and trying to answer --questions about the natural world. 

There are four ways that scientists go about this:

  • By researching what other scientists have learned about a topic, using sources such as books, the internet, and published papers. 
  • By collecting their own observational data about the natural world. 
  • By designing and executing their own experiments.
  • By analyzing the data that pertains to their questions collected by other scientists.

Through a series of connected investigations, we explored each of these ways of “doing science.” A “citizen science project” called Project Feederwatch out of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provided the initial stimulus...

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