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Chapter 1

Why Science icon

A Mayan pyramid, Galileo’s telescope, penicillin, and cell phones help us think about the nature and benefits of science. Explore photosynthesis as a big idea to understand, rather than as a word to memorize. Is there a science "coming of age" story?


  • Animation of Photosynthesis
    This animation from NOVA shows the basics of photosynthesis.
  • Galileo Discovers Jupiter's Moons
    I joked that Galileo found out about the telescope through the internet. This video tells the true story. It also illustrates the Big Idea that the telescope changes the way we see ourselves.


  • Careers
    This website has information about careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing.
  • Maya Astronomy
    This page is from the Canadian Museum of Civilization "Mystery of the Maya" website. Of all the world's ancient calendar systems, the Maya and other Mesoamerican systems are the most complex, intricate, and accurate.
  • Native Science
    This page consists of annotated links to sites about Native Science suggested by members of that community.
  • Reading Skills for Science
    This is the science page of the Literacy Matters website, a project of the Education Development Center, Inc. The website has resources for teachers, parents, and students.

Just Kidding

Galileo on the Internet, page 4
Galileo did not read about telescopes on the Internet. Computers and phone lines would not exist until hundreds of years later.

Give Science a Chance, page 11
The real title of the song is ?Give Peace a Chance.?