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How Understanding Science is being used

Understanding Science has all sorts of fans — students, teachers, curriculum developers, textbook authors, administrators, and many more. Explore these examples of the inspiring ways that people are using the website, or email us your own!

Understanding Science in print
Several textbook authors now use the How Science Works flowchart to replace less accurate, linear representations of the process of science. You can check it out in:

  • Campbell Biology, 10th edition, by Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, and Robert B. Jackson, 2014

  • Biology, by Ken Miller and Joseph Levine, 2010

  • Environmental Science, by Jay Withgott, 2011

  • Microbiology Fundamentals: A Clinical Approach, by Marjorie Kelly Cowan, 2013


What people are saying ...

"I love the nonlinear representation, which, of course, is much more like how science is done."
- Marjorie Kelly Cowan, author of Microbiology Fundamentals

Understanding Science on screen
Through a collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, Understanding Science is featured in two new media experiences:


What people are saying ...

"We are taking the How Science Works poster and embedding its use in all aspects of our lesson planning. I am taking the main ideas and looking for video clips to better fit with the upcoming units. For example, when examining the development of the theory of plate tectonics, I can use many of the ideas in the 'community analysis and feedback' section."
- iTunesU course field tester

Understanding Science in schools
Teachers are using Understanding Science resources in all sorts of ways in their classrooms. For example:

  • The Chicago Academy of Sciences uses the Science Checklist and other materials from Understanding Science in lesson plans for Science on the Go, a program for the Chicago public schools.

  • The How Science Works flowchart is distributed to all students at Brigham Young University, Idaho as part of their Foundations of Science course

  • Students at Florida State University use Asteroids and Dinosaurs and the flowchart to learn about the process of science in their General Biology course.

Also, check out these first-hand reports from teachers who use Understanding Science with their students:

What people are saying ...

"We have found your 'Understanding Science' website extremely useful in this course where we introduce the scientific process to all of our university's students. We really love the 'How science works' diagram, and have roughly based the entire course on this diagram and examining the various aspects of science highlighted there."
- Aaron Johnson, BYU chemistry professor

"I am writing to request permission to print and post the NOS flowchart to post in secondary science classrooms in our district. My school division is Newport News Public Schools, Va. I am one of the curriculum writers and thought the site did such a good job we included it in ALL of our content areas. We are trying to change the thinking from 'Scientific Method' which our teachers have used for years, along with some of the other misconceptions. The site is excellent!"
- Melia, Newport, VA

"I am a DBA student at Capella University and have just started a course called 'Research Foundations,' for which I am woefully unprepared. I have been flailing around on the internet looking for straightforward definitions/explanations when I stumbled across your site. What a godsend! I think that when I get done reading and printing the information on your site, I will be prepared to read all of the articles and readings assigned by my professor AND ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THEM!! Thank you so much for the simple, to-the-point definitions and explanations. You have really helped me."
- Janice from Carr, Colorado

"Back in January, I wrote to you about adapting your "How Science Works" flowchart into a tee shirt design for our school science fair. We also used a portion of the design for the science fair ribbons. The science teachers were very happy with the shirt and I think the students were too."
- Kathleen Reeves, STA Science Fair Chair

Understanding Science for teaching teachers
In 2012, Understanding Science held a workshop for instructors of preservice teachers. Hear what some of these instructors had to say about how they use the Understanding Science website in their work.

Helena Carmena Young, California Academy of Sciences

Cristina Trecha, Reubin H. Fleet Science Center

What people are saying ...

"I wanted to share with you that I used Understanding Science in a Teaching Evolution seminar and Lil Tong, who does faculty development at UW, was so taken with it that she immediately introduced it to a group of faculty focusing on teaching non-majors. Everyone I have shown the site to is so impressed, so thanks for building another great resource!"
- Kristin Jenkins, PhD, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

"I am working as part of a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts. My project focuses on developing high school science curriculum regarding climate change in the lower and upper atmosphere. As part of the project, I'm designing a unit on analyzing data and I would very much like to incorporate 'Your Science Toolkit' from 'Understanding Science 101' to enrich student learning."
- Katy Haughn, MIT Haystack Observatory

Understanding Science all around the world
About 45% of Understanding Science visitors come from a country other than the United States. To help accommodate these users, the How Science Works flowchart has been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, and Swahili, and we have developed agreements with university partners abroad for translations of the website into Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish. Understanding Science materials have even been used at teacher workshops in Africa! Learn more about this exciting project in Tanzania.

translating US to Swahili
Photo of Understanding Science in Tanzania provided by the National Natural History Museum, Arusha.

What people are saying ...

"I teach mathematics and physics in a high school in Debrecen, namely in the Reformed Grammar School, where Zoltán Bay studied as well. I am writing my PhD degree at the Eötvös Loránd University about teaching physics. I like the 'How Science Works' webpage very much. You have composed a very ample and interesting stuff. I have prepared an interactive curriculum about Galileo Galilei, including a section in which I represent on the basis of the flowchart, how certain parts of the chart appear in the life of Galileo."
- Eniko Bíróné Kabály, Hungary

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