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Welcome to Understanding Science!

Understanding Science is a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works — and that helps K-16 teachers reinforce the nature and process of science throughout their science teaching. We provide a variety of resources at different levels for students, teachers, and the general public.

Here's an overview of what's available now — but be sure to subscribe for updates on new features and to look for resources throughout the site that are coming soon!

Understanding Science 101
An in-depth, multi-part course that explains what science is, how it works, and how it is intertwined with our lives and with society more broadly. In addition to this basic content, look for links to advanced-topic side trips. The chapters of Understanding Science 101 are:

Resource library
A wide variety of interactive science stories, special features, and links to exemplary resources from other organizations. Highlights include:

  • Asteroids and dinosaurs — Follow Walter Alvarez and his colleagues as they investigate one of the great mysteries in Earth’s history: What happened to the dinosaurs?

  • Correcting misconceptions — Do all scientists follow The Scientific Method? Is science really pure? Does science contradict the existence of God? Misconceptions about these and many other questions abound, but are clarified here.

  • FAQs — Ask and find answers to burning questions about the nature and process of science.

  • The Science Flowchart — Explore an interactive representation of how science really works.

Teaching resources
A set of resources designed to help teachers integrate and reinforce the nature and process of science throughout their regular instruction. Highlights include:

  • Teaching tools — Download graphics, posters, and visual aids for use in your classroom.

  • Tips and strategies — Learn simple strategies for modifying your lessons to better communicate the nature and process of science.

  • Plus, explore resources designed specifically for your students: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-16.

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