Last week we wrote about 3 Reasons to teach kids about modern-day scientists and their relevance to modern life. This week, we promised to cover some of those scientists, to provide practical inspiration to your students. It’s easy to think of many great science discoveries as being from long ago. And that’s true too - science has a historical, non-fiction story to tell. But it may amaze and inspire kids to learn there are famous scientists alive today. While we encourage inspiring kids … [Read more...]
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In the last Century, scientists have made great strides for humanity. Discovering DNA, confirming gravitational waves, and creating the Internet were all major steps for mankind, let alone landing on the moon. But who has been responsible for these discoveries? Who were the minds that taught us what kids learn in textbooks these days? And why should we care? How have they affected our personal lives? Are we only aware of Einstein as a scientist because of his notable hair-do? Do kids in your … [Read more...]
See our other articles on this series below: Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (1): understanding the fundamentals of media Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (2): the elements of a news story Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 1) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 2) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (4): learning to research and identify sources of information Teaching kids … [Read more...]
Yes, chickens. Those pecking birds that don’t fly for some reason. The ones that give us eggs and meat. There is a whole lot of science going on with those chickens. Here are science lessons using chickens as the common theme among them. Prepare to be amazed. 1. Chickens can teach us about food science and science-based policy making Why chickens? Why chicken farming? This subject brings up the topics of food policy, food science and food technology research. Kids should discuss, research … [Read more...]
There are many complicated processes happening outside of the ‘safe haven’ of the Earth's orbit. Many adults sometimes have a hard time wrapping their heads around them. It's no wonder it might be an even more difficult task for children. Teaching kids about space using science fiction movies, however, can help them make their first step at understanding physics, astrophysics, and biology. Not to mention, it’s lots of fun compared to textbook learning! Teaching kids about space and relativity … [Read more...]
A visit to a movie theatre doesn't have to be only about entertainment. Children can learn plenty from a movie treat, even as a learning field trip. Let's take a look at four ways in which going to the movies can be educational. #1. Going to the movies can teach children about optical illusions At first, movies were stored on a plastic reel in the form of frames with still images in them. Thanks to the optical illusion of the phi phenomenon, the images seem to move “when viewed in rapid … [Read more...]