Why does science matter? Science is found EVERYWHERE!

By: Wendy Ruiz


In your house. In your car. On your skin. In your nose. 

In the past. Now in present. As well the future.

In your medicine. In the clouds. In your classes.

In you!



...We humans have just as much hair all over our bodies as chimpanzees or monkeys or any other furry primate?

Yup that's right! Most of it is just very short and light. It's called "vellus hair" or "peach fuzz". Research shows that we humans lost all our body hair through evolution about a million years ago before somebody finally figured out how to make clothes. One theory says that we lost our all body hair in an attempt to avoid parasites like ticks, fleas, and lice, and that we've only kept the hair on our heads because other people think it's pretty. 

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Different eye colors.


...Having blue eyes was once considered a mutation?

A long time ago, blue eyes  used to be a mutation. A mutation is a random change in one's genomic sequence. A long time ago many people did not have blue eyes and then it happened spontaneously. Today a large amount of people have blue eyes so it is no longer considered a mutation. From this we can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor.

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...Moons can be of different colors? 

Due to different atmospheric issues, the moon will occasionally appear tinged with a color, such as blue, orange, or red. Excess smoke, dust, and eclipses can cause the moon to change color.

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Photograph of a red moon.


...It was a woman who made the biggest contribution to the discovery of the DNA structure?

In 1926, Rosalind Franklin was determined to become a scientist. During this time women did not typically have careers during that era, much less a career as a scientist. Once in the laboratory she did not receive as much respect as she deserved. Her unpublished work and data was released to two other scientists who completed the double helix structure of DNA.

Little credit was given to Rosalind but her legacy is still alive today. 

Click here to learn about other scientists: http://www.famousscientists.org/

Photograph of Rosalind Franklin.

Science is EVERYWHERE!

These were just a few facts and there are a million more you can find out in the science world. 

In science class you can learn more about thousands of other species such as lions, reptiles, insects, bird, etc. Or you can learn more about the human body by studying anatomy.

Did you realize that blue eyes were once a mutation? In science class you can learn even more by studying DNA, genetics, and chromosomes.

Different colored moons is just one example of the many interesting and beautiful natural wonders of the world. There are also haloes, rainbows, and snowstorms to learn about when studying weather.

Rosalind Franklin is just one example of the hundreds of other scientists that have made important discoveries to the world of science!


Science is intertwined with your other classes!

In order to be successful in science class you need to do well in other subjects!:

Reading/Listening: In order to better understand science you need to learn to read and/or listen. By reading/listening you will expand your vocabulary and know how to better comprehend the science language.

History: There are many men and women who have made several contributions and learning the history is important. It helps us understand how and why the world is the way it is.

Math: You need your math skills to learn how to make calculations and convert when analyzing your data.

Writing: In order to do good research and write good papers you need to learn about the scientific method which will help you organize your fun experiments into a paper.

What is the scientific method?


It is an organized way of figuring something out. 

There are several steps involved that I will explain.

Click here for further explanation: http://www.biology4kids.com/files/studies_scimethod.html

Scientific method drawing.

1. Observation: You see something that interests you. Think about it!

2. Question:  While thinking what questions are you coming up with? What more do you want to learn? What relationships do you see?

3. Research: Use your reading skills to look up more information and think about what you want to do for your experiment. Look up words you don't know.

4. Guess: Make a hypothesis (guess) on what you think the answer is to your question. Use your writing skills to write up a nice hypothesis. Look up your history to learn about past experiments.

5. Experiment: Conduct your experiment to find out what your going to do. Use your writing/computer skills to write down what you have figured out so far. 

6. Analyze Data: Use your math skills to determine what values you are getting. With those values try to figure out what they mean.

7. Conclusion: Was your hypothesis correct? If so, do the experiment again. If not, what can you do different the second time?

8. Repeat: Do steps 1-7 again. Verify your results.

There is so much more to learn about in science.

Look at your surroundings.

Give your opinion.

Tell someone what you want to learn more about.

Ask lots of questions.

Don't hesitate.

Provide your input.

Have fun! :)