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...