This section contains information, facts, and worksheets on all types of science including biology, chemistry, earth sciences, animals and the natural world.
“I wonder why…” “I wonder what would happen if…”
We’ve all asked ourselves these questions when trying to understand the world around us. This curiosity is intrinsic to human nature and for centuries has been the driving force and the building blocks of science.
“I wonder what would happen if I placed a magnet near a compass.” “I wonder why a boat is able to float, but a rock will sink?”
What makes science a powerful tool in the search for truth and understanding – and for weeding out myths, speculation and hearsay – is its repeated provability through experimentation and observation.
As far back as humans have records, we’ve been conducting research and experiments in a variety of fields from chemistry to anatomy, biology to medicine, engineering to architecture, astronomy to physics and more.
You don’t have to be a genius like Leonardo da Vinci or Isaac Newton to experiment, you’ve been doing it ever since you were small – testing what happens when you drop things, what sounds things make when banged together, what happens when you mix colors together.
The world we live in today is a product of generations of inquiring minds asking why things are the way they are, and what would happen if an element of it were to change. The great part about science is that even failures can be considered successes because through experimentation and observation, they help narrow the focus in the right direction.
Did you know that up until 1,000 years ago, it was believed that we could see because rays shone out of our eyes and would reflect off objects and back into them? It was Iraqi Ibn al-Hazan who questioned this and reasoned that the stars, for example, were too far away for the rays of our eyes to reach in the blink of an eye. Like any true scientist, it wasn’t enough for him to just say otherwise, it was necessary for him to prove through experimentation that his thinking was correct.
The same was true for physicist Isaac Newton thinking about gravity, mathematician Archimedes trying to figure out how to measure volume, Albert Einstein pondering energy, Galileo Galilei trying to prove that the Earth revolves around the sun, physicist Michael Faraday experimenting with the properties of electricity, inventor Alexander Graham Bell’s quest to communicate over long distances, nuclear physicist Marie Curie’s vision to see beyond what the eyes were capable of, and microbiologist Louis Pasteur wanting to make milk safe to drink. And that’s just to name a few of the world famous scientists – there are thousands more to be mentioned.
Science is so important to our development as an intelligent species that the future is both a daunting and very exciting space. What more will we uncover? Will we find the answer to unlimited energy? Can we figure out how to travel faster than light? What new elements will we discover and how will they be used? How will the study of humans help create intelligent and conscious robots?
Science doesn’t care whether the scientist is young or old, rich or poor, boy or girl. So get experimenting, explore our world and learn about the scientists mentioned here and more with our worksheet packs that are fun and informative. And if there’s a topic you’re interested in that we don’t have, contact us!
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