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Found 11 resources at the College grade level for the concept: Scientists test their ideas (hypotheses and theories) by figuring out what expectations are generated by an idea and making observations to find out whether those expectations are borne out.

imageThe great fossil find
Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt and form hypotheses about the identity of the creature they discover. Students revise their hypotheses as new evidence is found.

Audience: College

Source: ENSI

Resource type: classroom activity

imageNumber patterns
Students try to discover the relationship among six numbers. The objective of this activity is to engage students in a problem-solving situation in which they practice aspects of the process of science.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

imageMystery tubes
Students are asked to determine what the interior construction of the mystery tube looks like. Working in groups, students pose explanations for what they are observing and test their ideas.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

imageMystery boxes: Uncertainty and collaboration
Students manipulate sealed "mystery" boxes to determine the inner structure of the boxes. The nature and sources of uncertainty inherent in the process of problem-solving are experienced, but reduced by collaboration.

Audience: College

Source: ENSI

Resource type: classroom activity

imageThe story behind the science
Thirty stories spanning five disciplines help students explore key science concepts through the eyes of the scientists who were involved, while emphasizing the nature and process of science.

Audience: College

Source: Iowa State University

Resource type: article

imageHydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment
Students learn about the cycling of nutrients, origin of water quality, and the impacts of land use and urbanization on hydrologic systems as they closely examine the data collected and re-evaluate prior hypotheses.

Audience: College

Source: On the Cutting Edge

Resource type: field-based investigation

imageIntroducing the Understanding Science flowchart
Students participate in a quick activity and discuss whether they were doing science. They then read a story about Walter Alvarez, discuss the process of science, and trace his scientific journey using the Science Flowchart.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

imageHigh altitude adaptations: The work of Emilia Huerta-Sánchez
This research profile tells the story of Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and how she uses mathematical modeling to answer evolutionary questions. Students examine data visualizations and learn about the process of science while focusing on adaptations, allele frequencies, and natural selection.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: research profile

imageHow science works
This Science in Action video uses the Understanding Science Flowchart to follow arachnologist Charles Griswold and colleagues as they describe the process involved in an exciting new spider discovery.

Audience: College

Source: California Academy of Sciences

Resource type: video

imageCells within cells: An extraordinary claim with extraordinary evidence
This Science in Action article on endosymbiosis explores the career of microbiologist, Lynn Margulis and how an unlikely idea overcame strong resistance within the scientific community and finally came to be an accepted part of evolutionary theory.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: article

imageAmazon fly
This short activity quickly engages the participants in the process of developing testable hypotheses. Students come up with multiple hypotheses to explain a set of observations and figure out how to test these hypotheses.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

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