Is science made up of facts? Is everything you learn in science just facts that you need to memorise? In primary school, science is taught as if everything were clear-cut, indisputable facts. But in actual practice, science is not always clear-cut. Scientists don’t know everything about the world yet, and with scientific research, some things that we thought were true have been disproven.
So, what is science? Science is the process of learning about the world through observation, experimentation, and testing out theories. This process is also called the Scientific Method – one of the Secondary 1 science topics and also covered in our Secondary Science Tuition classes.
Let’s find out about the scientific method below!
What information can you get from observing the world around you? What have other scientists already found out? Observing the world and noticing any patterns and phenomena are great starting places to kick off any scientific endeavour.
The scientific pursuit begins with curiosity. What do we not know yet? What is something you found strange or interesting from your observations that you wish to find out more about? Begin with a question that you want to find the answer to. This will be your research question, and the goal of the entire process is to find answers for it.
For example, one question you may want to ask is ‘How does the volume of water given to a plant affect its growth?’