A new report found some surprises when it looked at the state of scientific knowledge amongst Americans. (Nat Geo News)
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Discussion Ideas: Quiz Yourself!
- This picture shows an object in space that has an icy core with a tail of gas and dust that extends millions of miles. What is it?
- Which kind of waves are used to make and receive cell phone calls?
- This picture shows three layers of the Earth. Which layer is the hottest?
- What is the main way that ocean tides are created?
- What does a light-year measure?
- Denver, Colorado, is at a higher altitude than Los Angeles, California. Does water boil at a higher, lower, or the same temperature in Denver?
- 34% of Americans surveyed knew this answer. Do you? (More people got this answer wrong than any other on the quiz.)
- How does pass through a magnifying glass—straight ahead or at an angle?
- The loudness of a sound is determined by what property of a sound wave?
- What is the relationship between dissolved oxygen and water temperature in this graph?
- Which elements are needed to make nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?
- Who developed the polio vaccine?
- Which term describes the study of how the positions of stars and planets can influence human behavior?
Nat Geo: How Much Does The Public Know About Science?
Nat Geo: STEM Education
Pew Research Center: Science Knowledge Quiz
Pew Research Center: A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science