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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 of Course, 25 Oct 2005 @ 10:52am

    Re: Lecturing from the teens/edifice complex


    An old person that is stupid was once a young person that was stupid. It takes stupid kids to make stupid adults.. get it?
    -
    I'm so sick of hearing we need more buildings, books, equipment... stuff, if we're to succeed! BAH!
    We don't need more stuff, or multi-media events, to make science interesting. We need interesting teachers. Teachers that know their subject matter backwards and forwards and teach with enthusiasm (Mr Wizard comes to mind.)
    I had ONE interesting physics teacher in high school. With simple experiments, that anyone could make with materials found at home or wally-world, he turned the theoretical into the practical.
    Teach those that can be taught and let rest get a degree in liberal arts.

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