In this activity, students model how scientists interpret microscope data by using shadows of an object from different angles to build up a 3D image.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- describe how they used shadow outlines of an object viewed from different angles to build up a 3D image
- explain how this process relates to actual data interpretation when using microscopes and other imaging techniques
- describe how 2D representations of 3D objects can be misleading.
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- what to do
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Nature of Science
Two tenets of scientific inquiry are the gathering of evidence (data) and the use of logical reasoning to interpret the data.