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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, 25 Oct 2005 @ 5:10am

    Lecturing from the teens

    For the "kids" that replied here, remember one thing (I as even though I know you won't). We lame adults have one up on you-- we have experience in being your age. Nearly every adolescent kid thinks adults are lame and that they know more than most adults. As a teen, that is your primary job. The only thing you won't accept yet is that adults already know this. Lame on, you'll get over it. In the mean time, we won't stop teaching. And in 20 years or so, you'll understand why and you'll even do as we do. Then we, as really old folks, will be laughing at your lameness.

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