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Scientific Inquiry

Scientific Inquiry introduces students to the way scientists think about and view the world.  Through a specific theme, such as evolution, atomic theory, energy, or plate tectonics, students will develop their critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills.The historical development of the specific theme is explored to learn how scientific theories change and develop over time as new discoveries occur.  Science is empirical in nature. To understand the process of science, students investigate how experiments are designed and the results interpreted.  Students learn the logic of the scientific method and how it may be used to solve problems in their everyday lives. In science, the data are the data, but how they are interpreted and presented has implications on all our lives, from government funding, to medical decisions, to the food we eat. They also learn how data may be biased and misinterpreted using historical examples.  Finally, because science is not conducted in a vacuum, and it impacts the world around us, the students analyze societal issues that deal with science in terms of values, ethics and responsibilities.