What is scientific inquiry?
The National Science Education Standards (NSES p. 23) defines scientific inquiry as "the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work.
Wow, that may sound complicated, but it is really easy if you follow the steps.
1. Ask or think of something that you would like to investigate. That can be as simple as comparing what is the favorite flavor of gum in your class.
2. Investigate your subject. Look for other studies about your experiment.
3. Create and conduct the experiment
4. Discuss your results with others.
5. Reflect on your experiment and think of other experiments that may help you know more about your subject.
In order to get accustomed to using the scientific inquiry method we will set up an experiment. Follow the steps and you will be on your way to becoming a investigative scientist.
Here are some websites that will help you understand scientific inquiry.
Look into scientific inquiry
Inquiry into Plants
The Scientific Method
More fun sites for scientific inquiry