Scientists are very important people in the modern world; they discover new life, new medical techniques, cure illnesses and help discover more about the world around us. But as the demand of scientists increases, how can adults inspire young children of today into picking science as a project they want to study? Here is a quick guide for both teachers and parents on the subject.
Children, especially young children, have very short attention spans – some more than most – so one of the first problems that teachers and parents find when trying to inspire children to take up science is keeping their attention long enough. While this may seem impossible, it can almost certainly be done, and as soon as you have got their attention, you have to keep it, and depending on the type of science you are teaching the children this can be very easy. For example, many people are often too intimidated by the thought of science as a series of complex numbers and difficult equations to even think about taking it as a subject. However, science has many forms, and maths does not have to be too important to the student for them to want to do the subject.
One thing that many children enjoy about science is it's use of science experiments, which can be great fun for kids to do. These experiments help introduce children to the subject in a practical way, as opposed to a purely academic way, and learning this way also helps children see the real magic of science in action. Examples of experiments are tasks such as changing the colors of chemicals, experiments with light, darkness, and even experiments with the weather. Finding a practical way to introduce children to science can be remarkably easy, and you can even buy kits from toy shops that let children experiment with their own 'chemical' lab. These kits are very safe, and do not contain any harsh or abrasive chemicals, as they are really a starting kit, and a way to get children interested in the subject.
Of course, there is one small thing that can make all the difference to children when learning about science, and it's this: passion. Have you ever had a teacher that either did not know a lot about the subject that they were meant to be teaching you, or just did not care for it? They were not very fun teachers to have were they? In contrast, think about a teacher that you may have had when you were younger that was passionate about the subject that they were teaching, did you enjoy their classes? The chances are that you did, because they enjoyed the subject so much, they were able to make teaching it enjoyable too. They could also put in extra work on presentations and projects, because they loved working on the subject, so why not find a scientific subject that you're interested in, and start teaching it? Passion is sometimes all it takes to keep children's imaginations alive, and to make them wonder about the possibilities of science, and indeed, many other subjects.
So find your passion, let the children conduct science experiments , make sure they pay attention to you, and you could be teaching the next generation of scientists.