Inquiry-based science is sometimes conflated with “hands-on” science. While we know that actively engaging children with “hands-on” science is important, it isn’t enough.
Inquiry-based science employs the diverse practices scientists use to study the natural world. A well-designed, inquiry-based curriculum is appropriate for all ages of learners and effectively teaches science content while, at the same time developing scientific habits of mind. The Inquiry-based Science Infographic goes into more detail about science education and what kind of a difference a STEM education can have.
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