Tools of Science
Tools of Science is a series of educational videos designed to help students explore the nature and process of science. These short videos can be used to introduce the science and engineering practices from the point of view of practicing scientists, helping to illustrate the non-linear, cyclical nature of science and the creative vision and skills needed to conduct scientific research. The series was produced by the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University and Talipia Films.
As part of the Data Labs project, we helped to produce the following film, Data as a Tool, which features the OOI and focuses on Practice 4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
Data as a Tool
For scientists, data is perhaps the most important tool for discovery. Data is what makes testing hypotheses and running experiments possible. But just like any tool, data needs to be used correctly. It’s important to not only know how the data is collected but also how to analyze it after it’s been collected. In this video, we explore why data is critically important to the scientific process, what makes good data, and how to use data correctly. We’ll also look at what makes the OOI (Ocean Observatories Initiative) so revolutionary when it comes to data collection.
Other Tools of Science Videos
We encourage you to check out the other videos in the series, and the lessons available on the Tools of Science website. Each one highlights a specific Science and Engineering practice.
- Practice 1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems – Testable Questions
- Practice 2: Developing and Using Models – Modeling
- Practice 3: Planning and Carrying out Investigations
- Practice 8: Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information – Collaboration
- Case Study – E-NIG-MA