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Inquiry: Learning Science by Doing Science

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD

Why Do We need Science?

Students in the 21st century need to develop baseline science knowledge and technology skills. More and more jobs are requiring facility in at least basic computing and telecommunications. We are surrounded by technology on a daily basis. Supermarket scanners employ LASER technologies to read barcode labels, package delivery systems use scanners and computer-based technologies to track each shipment from door to door, and modern pharmaceutical companies apply the latest advances in biology to create new and unique medicines and treatments for diseases.

In addition, workplaces are demanding that employees be able to work as teams and solve problems. Science teaches students to think critically, use evidence appropriately, and work collaboratively to solve problems. At the same time, science knowledge helps students to make better choices about their own health and lifestyles and to be more informed as voters.