What is science? You have probably heard the word and I’m guessing you can probably even picture a scientist: a man or woman in a white lab coat, with steaming vials, and some crazy hair. And you might even know that these scientists form experiments to test things. And that’s a pretty good start! But let’s dig a little bit deeper into the word and really figure out what it means:
Science is really just a way of knowing things! Imagine this: You tried three new types of candies—how wonderful they tasted! Well, they did taste wonderful, at least until you got a stomach ache. Can we know which of the three types of candies gave you a stomach ache? Sure! We can do some science. Tomorrow you can try the first type of candy and see if it makes you sick, the next day you can try the second type, and the day after that you can try the third! If you get sick on the first day you know it’s the first candy; if you get sick on the second day you know it’s the second candy; if you get sick on the third day you know it’s the third candy! No vials or bubbling liquids but it is still science because, like we said earlier, science is just a way of knowing things, and, hey, we now know with some confidence which candy made you sick!
Scientists, of course, look at a bit more exciting things—which medicines work the best, how life started on earth, why flamingos are pink. But they use a method similar to ours above. This method is called the scientific method and it’s a huge part of science! Read more about it here: The Scientific Method