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How do you become a scientist? Can you teach me?
Question Date: 2019-04-17
Answer 1:

If you would like to be a scientist, then you have to behave like a scientist, by using the "scientific method".

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.
5. Repeat.

Anybody who uses this method is a scientist.

Answer 2:

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.

Answer 3:

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 school.

- 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 science.

- 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'.

Answer 4:

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 luck!

Answer 5:

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 method.

First, you start with a question. What is it you want to find out about the world?

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.

Answer 6:

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 college.

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 university.

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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