The Science Teacher
Fashion models, role models, economic models, model organisms, 3D models, climate models, model airplanes, model cars, and car models. We use the term model in so many ways in everyday speech, it’s no wonder students are often confused when we talk about models in science class. In every scientific discipline, the most important overall goal is to develop understanding of how the natural world works through the construction of scientific models, which are conceptual models. Our classes should be focused on engaging students in this central science and engineering practice.
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