Science Is a Human Endeavor

Primary School (K-2)

  • People have practiced science for a long time.
  • Men and women of diverse backgrounds are scientists and engineers.

Elementary School (3-5)

  • Men and women from all cultures and backgrounds choose careers as scientists and engineers.
  • Most scientists and engineers work in teams.
  • Science affects everyday life.
  • Creativity and imagination are important to science.

Middle School (6-8)

  • Men and women from different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds work as scientists and engineers.
  • Scientists and engineers rely on human qualities such as persistence, precision, reasoning, logic, imagination and creativity.
  • Scientists and engineers are guided by habits of mind such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas.
  • Advances in technology influence the progress of science and science has influenced advances in technology.

High School (9-12)

  • Science is a result of human endeavors, imagination, and creativity.
  • Individuals and teams from many nations and cultures have contributed to science and to advances in engineering.
  • Technological advances have influenced the progress of science and science has influenced advances in technology.
  • Science and engineering are influenced by society and society is influenced by science and engineering.

These understandings about the nature of science are found in the crosscutting concepts section of the foundation box on a standards page.

Other Standards That Use This Connection to the Nature of Science:

Third Grade

Fourth Grade