What is Science?
The word "science" probably brings to mind many different pictures: a fat textbook, white lab coats and microscopes, an astronomer peering through a telescope, a naturalist in the rainforest, Einstein's equations scribbled on a chalkboard, the launch of the space shuttle, bubbling beakers… All of these images reflect some aspect of science but none of them provides a full picture because science is never-ending!
Science is knowledge and discovery of new knowledge.
Science is exciting and motivated by the thrill of seeing or figuring out something that no one has before.
Science is useful, powerful and reliable to develop new technologies, treat diseases, and deal with many other sorts of problems.
Science is ongoing and new questions pop up for future investigation.
Science is world-wide and people all over the world do science. And you can too!
My role as Science Co-ordinator in school is an exciting job and children are always asking me questions and wanting to find out why. All lessons start with an open question and encourage investigations skills. My favourite scientist is Steven Hawking’s and at school we celebrate his genius in every lesson by including “Hawking’s Hypotheses” that promote higher-level thinking.