The Results Are In!

The science literacy survey is complete. A total of 212 responses have been recorded. Let us dive into the deeps.

The Survey and Its Mission

It is important to have a good science understanding or literacy. Being able to deduce whether or not something is meant to be misleading just for you to purchase their product, or so you can safely decide whether or not to put that burrito wrapped in aluminum foil in the microwave.

The survey consisted of 15 total questions. Three of those questions were not related to any type of science and were used to collect analytical data about peoples desire to learn about science and pursue learning it.

These questions were the basic fundamentals of science. It would appear the survey was garnered more to a physical science knowledge. We will now review all of the questions and discuss the statistics behind them.

The survey was disseminated using the Debatespot Facebook page, as well as being posted to a science reddit page. That being the case it may call for another survey in the future with a much broader search for answers and data.

Also in future surveys they will only be multiple choice. There will not be any free response as the accurate sum of correct answers is more of a task.

Results

Forms response chart. Question title: What is the center of an atom called?. Number of responses: 209 / 212 correct responses.

This first question had a remarkable amount of success. 209/212 people got this answer correct.

Forms response chart. Question title: What position is the Earth from the sun?. Number of responses: 205 / 212 correct responses.

5 people believed that the earth was the 4th planet from the sun replacing Mars in its rightful orbit. Still a resounding success.

Forms response chart. Question title: If it is summer in the northern hemisphere, what is the season in the southern hemisphere?. Number of responses: 200 / 212 correct responses.

12 people missed this question. However out of the entire surveyed group no one chose Spring.

Forms response chart. Question title: Which subatomic particle orbits the nucleus of an atom?. Number of responses: 205 / 212 correct responses.

There were some people who responded to me saying that technically ‘lepton’ would be correct. It is not being considered correct because Lepton is a class of particle. With the question being ” Which subatomic particle orbits the nucleus of an atom?” it would be inappropriate to say lepton as there are a total of 6 different leptons. Five of which do not orbit the nucleus of an atom.

It is for that reason that lepton is considered wrong.

What is Dihydrogen Monoxide?

This was a free response question. Looking through the data it appeared many people knew that it was water. I fancied putting this question into the survey and leaving it as a free response because it left only your brain to try and decipher what the answer could be, rather than going off of the other choices in a usual multiple choice question.

It was a Florida country radio morning show in 2013 that did a April Fools prank on their listeners. The shows hosts Val St. John and Scott Fish were facing possible felony because their listeners panicked so much. They told listeners that Dihydrogen Monoxide was coming out of the taps.

Their prank resulted in the Lee County Utility officials making a county wide announcement. It seems everyone thought this joke was of bad taste. They weren’t lying. They stated a simple fact that is irrefutable. However since the vast majority of the public was not the least scientifically literate, they were punished.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who led the way with our initial understanding of gravity?. Number of responses: 207 / 212 correct responses.

There isn’t much interesting in the results of this question. Aside from 3 people thinking Bill Nye gave us our initial understanding of gravity.

Forms response chart. Question title: Which of the following is the lightest? (Density). Number of responses: 201 / 212 correct responses.

Still a resounding success. Many people knew that helium is indeed lighter than all of these other materials.

Forms response chart. Question title: What is at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy?. Number of responses: 200 / 212 correct responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Are humans able to see infrared light?. Number of responses: 205 / 212 correct responses.

Seven people thought that humans could see in the infrared part of the spectrum

Forms response chart. Question title: Can sound travel in space?. Number of responses: 200 / 212 correct responses.

There were quite a few people that said sound could travel in space. In the strictest of terms sound cannot travel in space. The mechanism in which sound propagates require a medium like air. The particles in space are too far apart typically and therefore cannot effectively conduct the sound waves like they do in the atmosphere of Earth.

Which is why I would consider the No answer to be the most accurate and correct.

Forms response chart. Question title: How many layers of the atmosphere are there?. Number of responses: 147 / 212 correct responses.

This is the question that had the least amount of correct answers.

Forms response chart. Question title: What material is the hardest?. Number of responses: 197 / 212 correct responses.

Analytical Questions

The last bit of the survey asked questions regarding how much did they enjoy learning about science and whether or not they enjoyed live science podcasts that allows questions and answers.

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you enjoy listening to podcasts about science where you can ask questions and get live feedback?. Number of responses: 212 responses.

Little under half were undecided whether or not they enjoyed podcasts.

Forms response chart. Question title: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being "Strongly" how much do you enjoy learning about science?. Number of responses: 212 responses.

A majority of the survey takers enjoyed learning science.

Conclusion and What Will Be Done Differently

The survey was a success. It appeared many people were exceptionally literate in science. That is probably due to a unintentionally targeted survey group. The next survey group will be much broader and diverse.

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