What is Science?

Materials:

  • a notebook or journal where you will keep records of what you do in this series. This can be on paper, in a computer document, etc. You will be using your journal frequently during this series, to write assignments, to record notes, and to go back to look at things you have already done.

Our first step in exploring the world of science will be to determine what science is, and what it is not. I am hoping that this series will be an effective learning tool, so lets start with an activity. Before you go any further, sit down and think about what the word "science" means to you. Don't worry about getting a perfect, textbook definition, and don't go looking for a definition on this site or on the internet. Instead, I want you to write down how YOU would define science.

We will be doing things like this quite often along the way. Keep in mind that there is no "right" or "wrong" answer here. You are not going to write your definition on this site, so no one will see it unless you show it to them. I just want you to examine your own ideas, and write them down. Later, you may want to look back to see if those ideas have changed. Take some time, and think about it before you start writing.