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Science with Dragons and Vikings

Science with Dragons and Vikings

Science helps us to better understand the world. While many think of science as something that Vikings would scoff at, we actually use it to help with construction, sailing and dragon training.

Curious Vikings may wonder: How do dragons fly? How can they breathe fire? Why can one dragon only shoot out five bursts of fire, while another can shoot out six? These questions can all be answered through scientific study.

Whenever they have a question about science, Vikings often use experimentation, a method that encourages them to make observations and measurements to test various questions. Experiments can involve many steps, materials and calculations that could be overwhelming for those who are not experienced in scientific study. Thankfully, the scientific method helps simplify this process. It can be broken down into these steps:

  1. Ask a question

    This question should revolve around something that you want to observe. Most likely they will emphasize the who, what, when, where, why and how of a certain topic. The best types of questions will be measurable (ideally with quantitative values).

  2. Do background research

    Refine your experiment by researching similar experiments that have already been conducted. Perhaps your question has already been answered or their research will inspire you to alter your original inquiry.

  3. Create a hypothesis

    The hypothesis is the statement that you will be testing. It is an educated guess on how you think the experiment will unfold. Ideally, the hypothesis will be written in a way that is easily measurable and addresses the question you are seeking to answer. A hypothesis is written like this:

    “If ___ (I do this) ___, then __ (this outcome)___ will happen.”

  4. Experiment

    Now it’s finally time to test your hypothesis! One important thing to remember is that the experiment should be fair. While it is tempting to conduct an experiment in a way that yields biased results, a true experiment will strive to be objective in its findings.

  5. Analyze data and draw a conclusion

    Once the experiment is finished, make sure to collect data and determine if the hypothesis was true or false. Many hypotheses are proven false after experimentation, in which case you can construct a new one and conduct additional experiments. If you are correct, it is recommended that you retest your hypotheses to ensure that your results are accurate.

  6. Communicate the results

    The final step to any experiment is recording the results. Create a report detailing the question, previous experiments, hypothesis, data and conclusion.

The scientific method simplifies otherwise complex experiments and allows us Vikings to gain valuable, detailed insight about dragons from these procedures. Now that you understand the steps of conducting an experiment, feel free to test you own questions and hypotheses. You can experiment on virtually anything! Just make sure that you’re careful and consult a parent, guardian or teacher before conducting an experiment!