Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry
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Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry

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Getting Started

girl in a lab with scientific equipment and a notebookThis Web site is based on a printed publication of the same title. Because high school teachers receive most of the limited number of printed supplements, this online version was created for people outside the grades 7–12 education community.

The content is equivalent to the printed supplement, only in a different format. The unit consists of lesson plans, which are accessed through the Teacher’s Guide section of the Web site, and the multimedia student activities, which are accessed through the Student Activities page. The Web-based activities for students are only one part of the curriculum unit. The Lesson Plans provide the framework for both the hands-on classroom activities and the Web-based multimedia activities that make up this curriculum supplement. Together, the classroom and multimedia activities enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind this important topic, and of how it relates to human health.

Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry—developed with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics. This curriculum supplement aims to help students develop the following major goals associated with scientific literacy:

Before Getting Started

Recommended Setup

Note: The above setup (or better) is recommended. Although your computer configuration may differ from those listed above, this Web site may still be functional on your computer. The most important items in this list are current browsers and plug-ins.

Navigation Overview

Changing Your QuickTime Settings

The video in the About NIH and NIGMS section of this Web site uses QuickTime player technology. View the following tutorial if you are not familiar with setting up QuickTime for optimal performance:

Note: You need Macromedia Flash to view this tutorial.

This address takes you directly to the home page of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education, which provides access to a variety of resources for teachers and students, including NIH publications: