Parental Participation Leads To Science Success For Kids

Early exposure to science is critical because science knowledge is cumulative. Learning science requires a solid foundation of knowledge that can be built upon through further study and exploration. Children should be introduced to science at home as early as possible. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your child learns all the science they need to know at school. The truth is science education in school is limited and the subject is not usually a high priority for educators. As parents, it is important that we share our knowledge with our children. Every day activities such as growing plants, cooking and caring for animals involve science. Take a look around and you will see that science is everywhere. Parents can choose to engage in scientific activities with their children when they are not in school to build scientific comprehension, encourage scientific exploration and foster a love for science and the pursuit of knowledge.

There are aspects of science that are intellectually demanding, but often simple experiences produce insightful learning. To engage your children in science you need to introduce them to stimulating environments that provide opportunities for observing and discussing science. Zoos, nature centers, oceans, parks, yards and even kitchens are perfect educational environments. Children naturally learn through playful exploration. Educational DVDs, and toys provoke thought and develop skills. When children ask questions to satisfy their natural curiosity, it is an open opportunity to be seized by the parent.

For instance, if a child is fascinated by a light switch and wants to know how it turns the light on and off, inquire into the subject with your child. Find out why and how the switch works. Why does yeast make bread rise? How does a spider spin a web? Why do leaves fall? Why do the birds disappear in the winter?

Identify your child’s interests and encourage them. If a child develops an interest in rocks, study rocks, gems, mining and fossils and build on that curiosity moving on to fossil fuels, heat generation and environmental effects. You will find that one inquiry leads to another.

Fuel their natural curiosity. These activities should be challenging without being frustrating. Don’t force them to do things they are not interested in; rather, engage them in motivating activities that build desire for further exploration. Share your own science related interests and you will be amazed by the impact of genuine enthusiasm. Remember that discussion is a key component to developing scientific knowledge and uncovering additional areas of interest. Encourage your child to talk about their experiences, observations and interests. This discussion will help children to construct thoughts, to form concepts and to examine different relationships that are intermingled in their ideas.

Some simple activities that foster knowledge of and interest in science include: “Finding out how and why things work”, “Sharing ideas and knowledge”, “Making observations and writing or drawing those observations down”, “Making predictions and seeking answers”, “Starting collections -such as rocks or bugs- and observing similarities and differences”, “Figuring …

How to Stick to Your New Year's Career Resolutions

Are you guilty of letting your New Year's career resolutions fall by the wayside by mid-February?

The first month of the year is usually a time for determined resolutions and vows to turn over a new leaf. Most of you forced to change your career, gain new skills and secure a promotion this year. However, sticking to New Year's career resolutions is critical. According to Joseph Grenny, co-author of New York Times bestseller The Power to Change Anything, 97 percent of employees report that they have career-limiting habit that keeps them from achieving their career potential.

Be part of the 3% by following these five proven ways to stick to your 2014 New Year's resolution.

Set clear objectives

Are you still headed in the right direction?

By carefully assessing your skills, education, values, opportunities, strengths, experiences, and competition, you will have a better understanding of what you want to achieve in your career and how to target organizations that match your career goals.

Create your personal motivation and vision statement

Motivational speaker and writer Brian Tracy said that writing down your goals, dreams, plans and vision gives power and commitment to achieving them.

Articulate your dreams by writing a personal motivation and vision statement in first person. Write as if you are already making them happen. Your statement may change over time, depending upon the changes in your life but its components must remain consistent.

Invest in professional development

Do not let your 8 to 10-hour day work schemes get in the way of your professional development. Learn to make time to better yourself to be more competitive practiceer.

Busy professionals can now take advantage of online learning programs to enhance and acquire new skills. A lot of providers are now offering online continuing education that anyone can do 100% online, from enrollment to certification. You can pick your schedule and attend the online class anywhere you want as long as you are wired.

A decent internet connection is required because most online classes use multimedia such as video streaming platforms for optimal learning experience.

For those who are looking for short training courses, we advise you to explore online learning environments that deliver course content in a convenient manner.

Examples of materials / resources found in online learning environments:

· Video lectures

· Case studies

· Downloadable podcasts, e-books, whitepapers and similar resources

· Facilitated discussion forums

Another helpful tip to get updates on free online resources that are relevant to your career is to look for industry thought leaders and opt in for their newsletters to receive latest news and announcements that matter to you.

Build relationships with the right people

Motivational speaker and bestselling author, Jim Rohn once said that, "you're the average of the five people you hang out most."

Believe it or not, a huge part of your success is surrounding yourself with the right people. Spending your time with like-minded, goal-oriented, can-do attitudes will give you the support and push you to reach your …

Will Obtaining an Oracle Certification Be Valuable to My Career?

Before spending a great deal of time, effort, and money to get ready to pass an Oracle certification test, it is important that you decide whether or not passing the test matters to you. If obtaining the certification will not have any positive effect on your career, then there are almost assuredly better things that you could be doing with your time and money than studying for an exam that will mean nothing to you in the end. I see people post questions asking if a certification will help their career fairly often on Oracle certification forums. Seldom do the people asking the question please provide information about themselves to answer the question. Just about any certification will be valuable to someone . However, that someone may not be you.

When you pursue an Oracle certification, you might be doing so to add a new knowledge area to your skill set that you have not had before. Alternately, you may already have this knowledge and are taking the certification to validate it. Finally, you might be doing a combination of the two – taking a test on an area that you are familiar with, but gaining new information during the study process. From the standpoint of assisting your career, the impact of a certification is in the perception of competency that it provides. If an employee perceives that you are more skilled because you have a certification, then this has the potential to affect your career in a positive fashion.

There are three primary means by which this can potentially affect your career:

  • Increase your job prospects.
  • Add to your job security.
  • Improve your chances of being given a raise or promotion.

With the above, it seems that I have answered the question. Certificates are great for your career. You should go out and pick up two or three, right? Possibly. However, the information you need to make the decision is in the next couple of paragraphs. What has been defined so far is the basic tenet of becoming certified. You become certified in a particular area of ​​expertise in order to present yourself as competent in that area. It will only help in your career if expertise in that area is perceived to be valuable. You need to ask yourself these questions:

  • What work are you doing current?
  • What work have you done in the past?
  • What work would you like to be doing in the future?
  • What certification are you considering?

The answers to those four questions can help to determine if a given certification will be useful to you. As an example, I work as a DBA and PL / SQL developer. On several occasions I have dabbled with Java. I could code in Java if I had to, but have never had a sufficient need in my work to become really skilled at it. I have considered obtaining the Oracle Java certifications as a means of learning enough for it to become a viable option in …

Image Degree Programs – Online Courses

Online courses, distance learning, or e-learning are all terms you are hearing more and more. That is because the popularity and acceptability of online college degree programs is increasing. Many traditional campus based colleges and universities are planning on adding more and more classes and curriculums for online students.

Online courses appeal to adult learners who have family, work, or other obligations. An online degree program allows this student who may not have been able to earn a degree to work at his or her own pace, around obligations. More adults who already have an associated or bachelors degree are utilizing online or distance learning to earn advanced or specialized degrees.

Young students who may be attending a campus-based college are taking online courses for convenience as well. Conflicting schedules are no longer a problem. They can even take an online course from a different school. Computer technology is a way of life for young people and they generally adapt very well to this type of curriculum.

An online college degree website can provide the potential student with lots of information about the different types of lessons and schools that are offering online programs. Free information about all aspects of online college courses and programs is available from the various schools.

Simply fill in a couple of lines of information and an advisor will contact the potential student to assist with any questions or concerns. Printed material is often miled as well to allow the student to make the right decision. Choosing the right school is an extremely important decision, so the student should make comparisons about the many programs that are available. …

Where Is Jill Nye the Science Gal?

I am in the process of trying to start an Association for Women in Mathematics chapter at my University. I was not really inspired to do this until recently when I came to a sad realization while viewing the "people who inspire you" section on my Facebook profile … none of them are women.

What is worse is that when it comes to literature, history, and business I know of many examples of women who figured prominently and made significant contributions, but in science and mathematics I can only think of a few. Of those few, most are in the social sciences and some met with some pretty terrible fates (ie Marie Curie). I am also well aware of the stories of women who would have had their names in the history books, but alas their work is overshadowed (and not credited properly) in history books by their male contemporaries, even thought their work is what made it possible for those men to make important discoveries.

I began to also realize that as a child growing up I had no female role models in math or science when it came to pop culture. I loved Indiana Jones and wanted to be an archeologist for the longest time. I watched Beakman's World and Bill Nye the Science Guy every chance I could. All of my childhood science heroes were men.

Even today when I watch television or go to the movies it is still mostly male characters that dominate the world of math and science. Women, when cast as scientists, are often characterized as brilliant, but so socially flawed that they are to be pitied.

In the media women who are gifted at math and science and who are also cool, fun, interesting, and desirable are mostly portrayed as doctors, psychologists, or nurses. All of these are noble fields, but these are not the only science fields. Women are rarely portrayed in the applied and theoretical sciences such as engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and researchers.

Even my favorite shows like Big Bang Theory and Bones do this. The one "normal" character Bernadette in the Big Bang Theory still had to contend with the possible emasculation of her future husband by her earning a PhD. Although she is normal, especially in comparison to most of the other characters in the show, Bernadette's character is subjected to the sexist storyline that she should walk on eggshells because she dared to be an accomplished female scientist who would make more money than her less educated and less completed husband to be. Other characters like Amy Farah Fowler are meant to comically mirror the bizarre Sheldon Cooper character, or as in the case of Leslie Winkle are characterized as women who behave as men do (even sexually); one would assume because she is in a male dominated profession.

In Bones Dr. Brennan is so dependent on her logic and facts that she pushes people and her feelings away because they are not as reliable. She is …

Public Education Is Deteriorating

Public education is deteriorating and between the politicians, the education bureaucrats and the unions, it is not likely to be reformed. It will continue to crank out a generous quantity of functional illiterates. But if it were going to be reformed, the first step would be to repeal compulsory attendance laws.

Many of today's parents look upon public schools as a free baby-sitting service. They need to be reprogrammed to the fact that public education is a privilege, not a right and if they send their little hoodlum to school, that is exactly what you will get back home. The message should be, you re an ill-mannered ogre, and you live with it.

Public schools need to flush out the delinquents. Now, if you wish to build separate institutions for them, so be it, but teachers can not be expected to teach academic subjects if they have to also act as surrogate parents, bouncers, psychologists and psychotherapists. Far too many social problems are being dumped into the public schools.

I once considered teaching high school social studies. I was quickly cured of that idea after substitute teaching at a couple junior and senior high schools. Once I was asked to sub in a computer class during the second half of the day. I asked the teacher of that class if I could come in and observe how she connected the class during the morning hours-to see what the norm was. She agreed. It was terrible-she had absolutely no control of the class. A couple of kids were making out in the back of the classroom (I'm talking about getting it on). Paper wads were thrown around and the teacher paid it no mind. Instead she focused her attention in on two girls at the front of the class who were making a concerted effort to learn. I knew then that I was in for a rough time.

That after noon I was kicking kids out of the class left and right and sending them to the office only to have them sent back to me. Soon the office sent me word that I was not to send any more students to them. I told that office to send the students home. They said that the school was a closed campus. I sent word back to them to open it up and send them home anyway.

Classroom discipline should be as tight as a boot camp. Under no circumstances should any pupil be allowed to display rude behavior. Schools and staff should be given sovereign immunity against lawsuits. Suspensions and expulsions should be irrevocable and there should be no appeal. We need higher standards placed on academics.

The present public education system can not sustain this nation. The floodwaters of ignorance and stupidly are rising relentlessly. We have college graduates who do not know eight-grade English grammar or even how many states make up the union. Or what the union is. We have too few engineers, scientists and doctors. There are …

Packing for College

Sending a child away for college and helping them pack brings up so many emotions and memories. As you remember back to your days in college or anticipate their days, do not forget some of the most simple things that may be needed and should be packed.

It's easy not to forget the daily necessities like clothes and toiletries. But, do not forget the carryall they will need to bring their toiletries to the bathroom with them. Personalizing a bag or container for their items is a great idea.

Help keep them organized with laundry bins, bags and other containers to make it easy to bring their items to the washing machines and / or back home for washing by mom or dad. Hopefully it will help keep those dirty and clean clothes separated as well. And, again, personalize, personalize, personalize.

If they are going to be driving to and from home / college daily or on visits, prepare their car with the necessary roadside emergency help like jumper cables, roadside kits and blankets.

Some other college necessities may include a small set of tools, small fan, book light for late night studying, travel hot drink thermos or mug, bag of change for the vending machines.

Fun items to pack, of course, are things to remind them of home and the place they are always welcome. Picture frames with family photos, special moments, favorite books, baskets of their favorite candy, are great gift ideas to sneak into the items they are bringing to the dorm.

Everyone likes to receive mail deliveries and let's not forget, care packages are a favorite. Lollipop bouquets, cookie drops and other food favorites are a must throughout the year. …

Top 10 Popular Science Books

1. Annals of a Former World , by John McPhee

In patient, lyrical prose, McPhee takes the reader on a geologic journey through the United States. This volume was originally published as 4 books; each is centered on a road trip the author took with a geologist, observing the earth next to Eisenhower's great US highways for clues into its geologic past. Annals has this – no borders, idealistic, On the Road for geologists kind of feel (though a bit more grown-up.) I pick up Annals every once in a while while im in a relaxed mood, when im looking for a good example of literary science writing. Highly recommended as a companion for camping trips, if you can fit it into your pack.

2. Surely You're Joking, Mr, Feynman , by Richard Feynman

A string of excerpts from Feynman's life / career, Surely You're Joking is probably the popular science book I have read through the most times, not because it is short, but because it is at once qualifying, understated, and full of applicable scientific concepts. Richard Feynman has an uncanny ability to make physics easily digestible, his lectures are a testament to that and Surely You're Joking is no exception. Feynman's easy prose makes the reader feel like physics is understandable, as if he has laid out a diagram of the universe on his living room floor – no one is an outsider. It's delightful. Feynman's in my 'top 5 people I would give my right pinky finger to meet' category.

3. A Short History of Nearly Everything , by Bill Bryson

The second heavy volume on the list, A Short History is packed with almost everything. It takes a look at the science behind a lot of things – beauty, cells, evolution, the universe. Bryson rejects the traditional idea of ​​a 'textbook' with this book, making science seem relevant in our daily lives and putting this knowledge in the context of the universe – in space and time. Capturing the detailed nooks where science is often concentrated and eliciting the wonder of the wider perspective is an accomplishment – savor it where you can find it. Great in audio book format.

4. The Richness of Life , collection of essays by Stephen Jay Gould

The idiosyncratic Gould has written articles in Natural History and many other science magazines for decades and is one of the most widely read modern science writers. In this collection of articles, Gould's highly intellectual, witty, and pin-accurate prose explores evolutionary theory, racism or baseball with a scientist's eye, but in a way that engages the layman. Gould's dedication to science shows in every piece. Delightful.

5. The Canon , by Natalie Angier

Someone at the New York Times science desk once told me – "Natalie Angier is the queen of metaphor." I have to agree. The Canon is the best example of her witty prose keeping the reader through simple scientific questions with difficult answers. In this book, Angier tackles what …

Call Center – More Than Just a Career

Call center workers across the world enjoy the one of a kind taste of accomplishment. Millions of people are employed in this industry because of the blissful way in lifting the career opportunity. Yuppie workers especially Filipinos believed that working in a call center are more than just a career.

The picture of the Philippine economy is never before before when the outsourcing industry came in. It was an open book that the country is struggling against millions of people who are unemployed. The unemployment and unemployment rate was the battle cry of the Filipino especially that poverty led the cause-oriented and militant groups to dramatize their concerns by staging a street protest.

Militant groups underscored their outline to the government to consider their sentiment by urging the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass a law that will add 125 pesos to the previous 198 pesos in terms of the daily minimum wage. In Metro Manila, the existing minimum wage is 360 pesos a day.

On the other hand, workers in the Visayas and Mindanao set by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) are receiving a minimum wage of 209 pesos every day. The setting up of a competitive salary hike to every Filipino worker is a long demand since the previous governance.

But the entry of contact centers and the BPO (business process outsourcing) companies in the Philippines save the Filipino workers from receiving poor pay and benefits. This is a magnificent development today because yuppie and fresh graduations are welcomed to work in any of the call center in the Philippines. And also, the starting pay is bigger with night differential, overtime pay, responsibilities, and fringe benefits.

For the past years, Filipino contact center workers provided their skills and competency in understanding the concerns of their customers as far as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. The opportunity continues to receive positive feedback in every client that caters by the call center workers.

Aside of the attractive pay, BPO workers receive discounts in shopping malls, spa, disco bar, restaurants, and even travel opportunity to any of their favorite destinations. This is true because contact centers usually usually tie up in different kinds of establishments which is part of helping their employees enjoy the lifestyle. In addition, facilities like fitness gym, entertainment area, sleeping quarters, and spa are also offered by some major call center companies.

Imagine the joy and excitement in boosting your lifestyle. This is the reason why Filipino workers want to build their promising career in call centers. Hundreds of seats are offered by these outsourcing companies in response to the increasing demand of the customer relationship management.

Filipinos should be proud that off-shoring business continues to receive wonderful feedback from the international investors. To date, thousands of Filipinos are engaged in this job and continue to dominate in the global market. The expanded services like outbound and inbound, chat support, web content writing, and other jobs related to BPO …

The Purpose of the Science Fiction Novel

Where fantasy goes into uncharted territory, the kind of story that could not exist, science fiction, a term made famous by the likes of Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein, goes into charted territory. Let's make sense of that last statement: Science fiction is based on truths, questions of reality, and questions of survival. Its purpose is to go where other fiction can not. Unlike horror, it tells something far more dangerous because it could happen. Unlike mystery, there is not always someone at the other end of the gun, maybe "something" instead. Like mainstream work, it proposes fascinating philosophies on mankind in the past, present, and future.

When reporters talked of space stations maybe they were onto something. When Star Trek characters could talk to each other on small, hand-held phones, most thought it was too good to be true. Now we have cell phones, computers that can talk, computers that can think in some ways, and a variety of other ideas that were often suggested in science fiction.

But the science fiction novel has its own place outside of the realm of Star Trek and Star Wars. For one, the legend must be created in words, not film or TV images. Second, the writers behind it are often as much philosophers as authors. Lastly, science fiction is its own frontier, a place for free thinking.

The thesis for all this would be that the science fiction novel engages a reader in a "This is how it could happen." The purpose is, as in all writing, to say something different. Long before "War of the Worlds" and even longer before Star Trek and Star Wars, people looked to the skies with hope, emboldening their legends with all kinds of flying creatures-angels, demons, sometimes aliens-who could do things they could not . That is exactly the purpose of the modern science fiction novel-it says we, the human race, can do something that right now we can not.

The final purpose of the science fiction novel is always to make a mark on society. Star Trek could only go so far. When one looks at a science fiction novel, however, sometimes it seemsingly is a race to the finish instead of a treat on life in the future. Something is always happening; it happens fast. Take Philip K. Dick, for example, who once wrote 11 novels in 2 years (he used various drugs, much like Hunter Thompson, to improve writing speed). However, there is nothing superficial about the science fiction novel. This is because even films have a hard time capturing the legion of ideas presented in the classics, like "The Man In the High Castle," Philip K. Dick's best novel. If any film does capture the purpose of science fiction, it's "Blade Runner," considered to be one of the best films of all time, based on the Philip K. Dick story "Do Andods Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Where it can be hard to pin down the modern science …