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Scientists use a variety of methods and approaches to collect and analyze data. The methods they choose depend on the questions they are interested in answering. For example, volcanologists might ask a research question such as, how do we predict when volcanic eruptions will occur? To answer that question, they might use a variety of tools such as thermal imagers, seismic monitors, and satellites. In addition to collecting data from these instruments, they may also conduct field research to gather samples of rocks, gas, and ash. In this activity, you will identify a scientific approach used by scientists to study the topic of your chosen news story and draft research questions about it.
To complete this activity, use the Module Two Activity Template Word Document. First, examine your scientific news story for descriiptions of how the research was conducted. This might be a general descriiption of steps the scientists took, or the specific methods used to collect and analyze evidence. Look for words associated with the scientific method such as observations, hypothesis, field research, experiments, lab research, or data collection.
Next, consider the questions you have about the main idea presented in your scientific news story. What do you want to know more about? What answers or solutions might benefit you or your community? Draft two research questions you are interested in asking. As you write your questions, consult the module overview and module resources for assistance writing your research questions.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
Part One: Identifying Scientific Approaches
Identify an approach to scientific research addressed in the chosen news story.
Part Two: Drafting Good Scientific Questions
Draft two research questions you are interested in asking about the main idea of your news story. Ensure that both of your questions are measurable and focused.
Prepare measurable scientific questions based on the main idea presented in the chosen news story.
Prepare focused scientific questions based on the main idea presented in the chosen news story.
Guidelines for Submission
Submit your completed Module Two Activity Template. While not required, any sources should be cited using APA style. Consult the Shapiro Library APA Style Guide for more information on citations.
*news story has to be from 2022