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by Mike Masnick




Break Dancing And Sideways Baseball Caps Make Science Cool?

from the seems-weak dept

What is it about people that once we grow into adults we forget how to relate to children? With growing worries over our education system, NASA and Honeywell are trying to interest kids in science by putting on multimedia plays that try to make science look cool. While some of the show does sound interesting and informative, a lot of it just sounds like they're trying too hard. Adding "chanting, break dancing, sideways baseball hats and a young actor playing scientist Isaac Newton" just sounds like adults trying to come up with a way to relate to kids. However, it seems like most kids will see through such things. Besides, why try to hide the actual science behind such gimmicks? If you want to interest kids in science by making it cool, then you need to actually make the science cool -- not just the people talking about science. Pretending that science has anything to do with break dancing and sideways baseball caps isn't going to get anyone very far. Focus on making the science itself cool, and the students will be plenty interested.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2005 @ 10:27pm

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    My science teacher was the best, ever. He could teach anything he wanted, and always had the classes attention. I think it had somethign to do with his method. Teach the kids everything they need to know, then blow it up using some super cool scientfific method. We loved it. We would talk about science class and all the principles that we leared after school, and to this day, I can remember more about his classes than any of the others that I had to take. What else is interesting is that having just gone to my 10th reunion, he was the most talked about teacher that we all shared memories about.

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