What is important according to the PA Dept. of Ed.

  • Compare and contrast scientific theories.
  • Know that both direct and indirect observations are used by scientists to study the natural world and universe.
  • Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations.
  • Formulate and revise explanations and models using logic and evidence.
  • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.
  • Explain the importance of accuracy and precision in making valid measurements.
  • Examine the status of existing theories.
  • Evaluate experimental information for relevance and adherence to science processes.
  • Judge that conclusions are consistent and logical with experimental conditions.
  • Interpret results of experimental research to predict new information, propose additional investigable questions, or advance a solution.
  • Communicate and defend a scientific argument.