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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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    a barrera, 2 Jun 2006 @ 6:52am

    breakdancing science

    in response to this comment i want to say that this person is just not getting the point. the fact that scientists are trying to make science look "cool" is just a way of inspiring youger people to become interested in science and so that they can relate to scientific concepts. using breakdancing to teach concepts such as momentum, spin, torque, etc., is just a way of getting attention. For a 11 year old kid, it's easier to relate to these concepts if they like what they're seeing, it catches their atention. using 'cool' looking people is a way of ending stereotypes (geek scientist with glasses and white coat), and giving kids the opportunity to take up science without being called all sort of names at school.

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