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Connections to Nature of Science: Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World. Science and technology may raise ethical issues for which science, by itself, does not provide answers and solutions. Science knowledge indicates what can happen in natural systems—not what should happen. The latter involves ethics, values, and human decisions about the use of knowledge. Many decisions are not made using science alone, but rely on social and cultural contexts to resolve issues.
Cause and Effect: Empirical evidence is required to differentiate between cause and correlation and make claims about specific causes and effects.
Evaluate competing design solutions to a real-world problem based on scientific ideas and principles, empirical evidence, and logical arguments regarding relevant factors (e.g., economic, societal, environmental, ethical considerations). (Engaging in Argument from Evidence) (Personal: Initiative/Self-direction)
Construct an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future. (Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions) (Civic/Interpersonal: Civic engagement)
How do humans depend on Earth’s resources?