Phosphorax, The Puffin, The Cat’s Meow, Titanic 2.0, The Pajama Defenders and USS Lexington: these were just a few of the “seaworthy” crafts that launched one bright, sunny morning in May for the second annual Long-View Cardboard Boat Regatta. A crowd gathered at the Loop 360 Boat Ramp and cheered on as 14 boats, well 13 boats, successfully completed the course, paddling out into Lake Austin and back to shore….
Viewing entries tagged
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...