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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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    Mike, 25 Oct 2005 @ 11:20am

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    Up here in Massachusetts we have standardized testing so its important for teachers to stay on track and cover the required material. This usually means rushing through material without getting into discussions and experiments that show a real world example of what was just taught. I believe that, especially in sciences and math, dissecting theories and solving problems should be more hands on rather than dictated by a teacher. It would allow the kids to have a more active role in the class. No matter what you do, school will never be cool. But at least the kids will have a respect for it because they will see that it has real-world implications.

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