Monday, May 31, 2010

Models...

Using and understanding models are an important  part of being scientifically literate.  Kid Scientists should be able to answer these kinds of questions:
  • What "real thing" is this a model of?
  • How are the parts of the model like the real thing?
  • How is the model not like the real thing?  What are the drawbacks to the model?
  • Why is it easier to use a model in this situation?
Once Kid Scientists start looking for models, they will find them all over.  Models help us understand systems so large we can't possibly see all the components, and systems so small we can't possibly see all the components.  Models also allow scientists to isolate a part of a complicated system to better understand that part.

Have fun exploring models!  Let The Science Mommy know what you've found!

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