Students should be reminded
that conceptual knowledge is more important than the details of a subject.
The overall picture of how science works allows students to increase their
knowledge of subjects year after year.
Students will be learning critical
thinking and logic. Science is multifaceted and interwoven. Applied
Science can be explained by the 5 interlocking cycles of: Universe,
Plate Tectonic, Rock, Water, and Life.
Applied Science refers to technology,
physics, and how science impacts on our society. Universe Cycle reveals
possible ways that the Earth evolved through time. Plate Tectonic
Cycle explains earthquakes and volcanoes. Rock Cycle looks
at how the 3 different types of rocks are created. Water Cycle explains
the atmospheres, oceans, and weather. Life Cycle reveals how living
organisms interact with one another on this Earth.
Science is important in our
everyday lives from the house we live in to the cars we drive. Medical
advances have helped to keep our population from diseases and injuries.
Understanding the physics and chemistry of our world has allowed humans
to create technology that permits us to explore space as well as the deep
- Discuss how
science is a way of thinking, observing, and experimenting. Ask students
to make a list of products with the related scientific field. The
following list is an example.
Use the enclosed
worksheet to help discuss the overall philosophy science and how it is
related to each other. Inquire if students see the connections, especially
between Applied Science and the other cycles. For instance:
without the movement of the Earth, we would not have 3 different types
of rocks; without soil made from rocks, we would not have plants; without
volcanoes, we would not have water (outgassing of steam); without water,
we would not have life; if we did not have science, we would not have inventions.
Have students make-up other examples.