WHY IS SCIENCE IMPORTANT? Walking on Coals • In your groups, discuss, then answer the following two questions… • 1) What is Science? • 2) Is Science a good thing? Explain. Now, try this question… • 3) What do all Scientists have in common? Let’s investigate some scientists before you answer this question! Forensic Scientists Dinosaur Paleotologists Science Professor Sport Scientist Space Scientist Also… • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • An agronomist specializes in soil and crops. An astronomer studies stars, planets and galaxies. A botanist specializes in plants. A cytologist specializes in the study of cells. An epidemiologist studies the spread of diseases. An ethologist studies animal behavior. A geneticist studies how traits are inherited. A geologist specializes in the history of Earth. A geographer studies Earth's surface. A marine biologist studies ocean plants and animals. A meteorologist studies weather and climate. A microbiologist studies microscopic plants and animals. A paleontologist specializes in fossils. A physicist studies matter, energy, and how they are related. A seismologist studies earthquakes. • AND MANY MORE… So, what DO all Scientists have in common??? Question #4 Can girls make better Scientists than boys? Elaine Greeney, rocket scientist: Videoclip Elaine Greeney, Rocket Scientist: Question #5 a) Can you think of reasons why everybody should learn some science? (3 reasons). b) Can you think of 10 topics everybody should know about? Extension-H.W. Pick one of the following four topics… A) research a Canadian scientist of your choice OR B) prepare a list of the top 10 scientists of all time OR C) use the internet to come up with your top 10 scientific challenges of our time OR D) choose a television science program and find 5 examples of things they do which prove they are a scientist.