The word “science” probably makes you think of many different pictures: thick textbooks, white lab coats and microscopes, an astronomer peering through a telescope,  complex mathematics scribbled on a chalkboard; maybe the launch of the space shuttle, or bubbling beakers!

All of those images reflect some aspect of science, but science is so much more:

Science is both a body of knowledge and a process – Science isn’t just about what we know, but how we know it. For big text books to be written, a lot of work has gone in  to understanding a topic by asking the right questions and making discoveries about the world around us.

Science gives us an exciting way to explore the universe and a way to find out how it works. We can work out what happened in the past, and what is likely to happen in the future. Scientists enjoy figuring out how something that no one else has before!

Science  provides us with knowledge to help us develop technology – like the computer you’re using right now. It gave us television, the space shuttle, cars, planes, medicine, and helps us find ways to solve difficult problems.

Because science is a process that doesn’t stop, it is always adding to our understanding of the universe. It is a process that helps us understand what we already know clearer, and sometimes it leads us to ask new questions for us to investigate.

Science is what a skeptical person can use to find out if someone’s claim is true or not. People all over the world participate in the process of science – And you can too!

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