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Inquiry is broadly defined as a search for information or knowledge. It pertains to this research and investigation by seeking information through asking questions. Science is concerned with asking the right kind of question, so that answers can be properly evaluated. Inquiry in science is therefore much more complex than inquiry in the everyday sense of the word. Scientific inquiry includes asking questions and planning and conducting experiments, using appropriate tools and techniques to gather data, thinking critically and logically about the relationships between evidence and explanations, constructing and analyzing possible alternative explanations, and communicating scientific arguments.

The focus questions of our work so far are not good research questions. They are designed to help create a context, a deeper understanding, from which good research questions can emerge. The data we have collected so far should answer the focus questions that guided our study and just maybe some interesting patterns will come out of this data. Let's re-examine our focus questions about ground-level ozone find the data that will answer these focus questions.

1) Can we determine the level of troposheric ozone at our site?

2) Can we determine the impact of ground-level ozone on organisms in their natural environments?

In order to answer these question based on the data we have collected, there are several things to consider:

  • What data do you need from all the data that is available?
  • What data will help you answer this question?
  • Once you have all the data you need, what can you do with it that will help you answer these questions?

Use the form below to select the data on ground-level ozone that you want to work with. You will also have some choices to make about the milkweed data to get back. Make sure there is a check mark in the boxes for data you want. This form will give you the data collected by any or all of the research participants, including your own data. You can get the data back in several forms. You can get small sets of data back in a web table that you can see online. You can also get the data back in a tab-delimited file. This is raw data that you can use in any computer application, such as a spreadsheet or a statistics program, that will import tab-delimited data. You can also get the data back as an Excel spreadsheet, but you must have Excel on your computer to view data in this manner. When you begin to download the data you want, the computer will ask you if you want to save to disk or open in an application. Choose the application selection and then chose Excel to open the data.

Once you decide on the form of the data, you have to decide on what exactly what data you want to see. Consider both time, what days you want data for, and place, where you want data from. If you want to see all of the data in the database leave the School ID Number box blank, but this may be a lot more data than you want to see. You can choose to get data back from your site, or any other site that has been participating in the project. Use the School's ID number to request this data. (You can get a school's number by clicking on the Schools link in the Pathfinder Home page). You can get data from several schools by entering their numbers, separated by commas. You can also get data sets by city, state, or zip code. For city, state, and zip code searches you the entire city, state, and/or zip code. The more query fields that you fill in, the more specific the data will be when it is returned to you. You will also have several choices of ozone data to get back. You might want to try getting the milkweed data back several different ways and see how the data you get back changes based on your requests.

Make sure there is a check mark in the boxes for data you want. Click on the view data button.

    1. Return Data As:
        Comma-spaced text file
       Excel Spreadsheet (Not Microsoft XP)

    2. Search By:
    Teacher ID:

    3. Display Columns:
      Milkweed: Plant Number
      Milkweed: Leaf Damage Code
      Milkweed: NIH/ArcView Percent
      Ecobadge Average
      Ecobadge 1 Hour
      Schobien Paper 8 Hour

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