How Science Works (California Academy of Sciences)

How does science work? Follow the steps involved in the discovery of a new species of spider to learn that scientific endeavors are not linear in nature. Learn more and access the animated flowchart seen in the video at


I am a former junior and senior high school biology and chemistry teacher and science curriculum consultant. I have always been interested in science, particularly biology and ecology. As a child I was always asking “why?”, taking things apart to see how they worked (sometimes getting them back together), and exploring my local environment. I teach undergraduate science education courses where one of my academic interests is how we address the Nature of Science in classrooms to ensure students develop a true understanding of what science “is”, and the role science plays in our lives.  

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Avatar  heatherauld

Such an important part of learning about science!