|How do you become a scientist? Can you teach me?
|Question Date: 2019-04-17|
If you would like to be a scientist, then you
have to behave like a scientist, by using the
Science is a method of learning about the
world. To use this method, do the following:
1. Think about what you see in the world.
2. Come up with an idea to explain it.
3. Think about what your idea would mean. If your
idea were right,what else would you see that
you haven't yet?
4. Find out if you do see what you thought you
would if your idea were right. If you do, then
think about more things you should see with your
idea. If you don't, come up with a different idea.
Anybody who uses this method is a scientist.
The best way to become a scientist is to be
curious and ask lots of questions.
Scientists are basically people whose job
it is to figure out things we don't know yet.
Paying lots of attention to your science and math
classes in school can help you learn skills that
will help you as a scientist, but you can also
learn on your own by reading books, observing
nature, and doing experiments.
You become a scientist in lots of different
ways. You look around and wonder about things
you see and things that happen, for example:
- A 12th grader asked ScienceLine how you can
flip a switch and turn lights on and off.
- You watch how plants change in the spring and
summer and fall and winter.
- You try to do a good job in your math classes at
- You take science classes when you get to a grade
where you can choose to take science classes.
Mostly, you become a scientist if you like
- You can be a scientist even if you work at
another job, if you like learning about science.
There are places on the Internet where people can
do 'citizen science'.
Hi Danielle, I’m so happy that you want to
be a scientist!
It’s the most exciting job there is. To become
a scientist, you have to finish school and then
go to college to get a science degree. There
are many types of scientists you can become. You
can work with animals, plants, chemicals, or even
space! The most important part of being a
scientist is always asking questions. So if
you want to become a scientist, start asking
questions! With the help of an adult, you can
also do experiments at home and in class. Good
Well, first of all you have to go to middle
school and high school! If you like science
you can take science classes in different
subcategories of science. Really common ones are
biology, chemistry and physics. If you like these
subjects you can even go on to study science in
college! And if you still want to learn more
science in school you can even go to
graduate school (that’s college after college!).
But to be honest as long as you are using the
scientific method I would say you are a
scientist! The scientific method is a way of
finding out new things about the world.
There are four main steps to the scientific
First, you start with a question.
What is it you want to find out about the
Second, you form a hypothesis. This is a
fancy word for a good guess. You think about what
you already know about and try to use that to
guess what will happen in a situation where you
don’t know what happens.
Third, you perform an experiment. This
means that you go and do what you were wondering
and record what happens.
Fourth, you compare what happened to what
you thought would happen. If what you thought
would happen didn’t happen, then you think about
why it didn’t happen that way. Once you have a
hypothesis, you can go and do another experiment.
You are already becoming a scientist by asking
this question Danielle!
Broadly, to become a scientist you just need to
look at the world like a scientist, by
studying or becoming an expert in one or more of
the natural or physical sciences, through
gathering evidence, making a hypothesis and
testing it, and then sharing that gained
understanding and knowledge.
I think one of the best ways to become a
science-minded person is to ask lots of
questions about the world around you. You can
also be more diligent by studying something that
you don't understand by making
observations, describing what you see, and
experimenting with how or why something works.
Past embracing a mindset to question and
investigate, you will eventually need to take
classes in school to learn topics that benefit
scientists, like mathematics, earth science,
biology, chemistry, and physics. The stronger
your understanding of basic science, the more
likely you will find what about the world
fascinates you the most. Then you can think about
taking specialized classes in high school and
Just keep in mind that being a scientist does
not mean you have to study only biology,
chemistry, or physics. Scientists study
everything from the organisms that live in your
stomach to the synaptic nerves in your brain, from
to the rocks deep inside Earth to how stars form,
and so much more. I suspect by the time you
reach college, you will then need to pursue
research opportunities and higher degrees through
For now though, you should be curious about the
world around you. Try to question things you
cannot explain yourself and be open to new ideas.
Also, try to be patient. Scientists spend
their whole lives becoming an expert in something
to only making a tiny bit of process on. Know
that failure is good. All science requires
failure, failure of experiments and ideas. That is
good because without failure, you never learn
anything new. Science can be difficult, but
it is rewarding when you find something new or
answer something you did not know before.
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