Jun 01, 2020 2020-06-01
Behind many of today’s most compelling issues—obesity, climate change, veterans’ health, to name just a few—is a wealth of information gleaned from science, engineering, and medicine. These scientific underpinnings help us make sense of complicated topics, offering insights into how to move forward in our daily lives. The Science Behind It, a project of the National Science Foundation, features questions on the issues people are curious about. It tells the story of why each topic is important and what current science tells us about it. Designed with everyday people in mind, the project highlights the ways science, engineering, and medicine touch our lives every day. For example, in response to the question, “Why do we need to encourage women in STEM?” students can read an article about the importance of women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine to our nation’s future and gain an understanding of the barriers women face in these fields. Visitors to the site can explore questions by topic (Space, Technology, Culture of Science, Cyber, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Security, Health, Climate Change, Biotech, Education, Energy), or they can take a quiz on a specific topic and check out the answers.