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More Reasons to Study Science

03/19/2014 09:34AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Education, Today, Schools




By Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., Sylvan Learning Senior Vice President 

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Few people today speak more compellingly about the excitement and potential of science than Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose latest book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, argues for increasing investment in space exploration and research. In interviews he talks of visiting middle school students and motivating kids by speaking of navigating Mars, investigating life on that planet, and exploring its geology. He makes science visionary, technology exciting, the future astonishing. Kids love this kind of motivation, and they respond to adults who lead them to think about their futures in new and seductive ways.

Tyson writes about space exploration in his latest book, and he argues that we earthlings can learn much about our own planet when we study others. What happened on Venus, for instance, with its “runaway greenhouse effect”? Or, Mars, now bone dry but which once had running water? He argues for science and technology on a grand and visionary scale, not just on the more mundane – but arguably more practical – pursuits like more fuel-efficient planes and cars.

Whatever you feel about space exploration, who could argue that 21st century kids need encouragement to study the subjects that hold so much potential for their futures? That means science, technology, engineering, and math, or the STEM subjects. 

What to say to kids to increase their interest in science? Here are half a dozen ideas.

  1. Science is everywhere. Show kids the impact of science and technology in their lives. The video games they play. The cars they’re interested in. The sports they play. The special effects in the movies they watch. The medicine they take. The athletic gear that improves their performance. The energy-efficient homes they live in. The tech-filled schools they study in.
  2. Science is really, really exciting. Who designs the new, safer, more efficient equipment and uniforms athletes compete with? Who predicts severe weather conditions with increasing accuracy? Who creates those amazing animated characters in movies? Who solves those scary and creepy crimes with complicated procedures? Who has innovative ideas about energy independence and sustainability? Who improves our health with the latest knowledge and robotic equipment? Who promises new therapies based on genetics? Who ignites new interests and discoveries in their daily jobs? People who’ve studied science, that’s who. Encourage kids to look into what biologists, geologists, nuclear physicists, forensic detectives, medical equipment designers, physical therapists, advanced engine technicians, and meteorologists do.
  3. Science is for everyone. Science class, with the right teacher, is active, exploratory, hands-on, and provocative. Kids who prefer their learning active have a perfect opportunity to be up and out of their seats often, working with lab partners, thinking creatively, learning and discovering by doing.
  4. Science can be fun. Those labs kids complete in science class are not only informative; they’re fun. Especially when kids see the usefulness and the relevance to their lives now and maybe even in the future.
  5. Science is now. The role of science in our lives and in our schools today has grown greatly in the past few years. Technology – a natural outgrowth of science – is responsible for tremendous changes in how we live our lives, teach our children, meet our challenges, fight crime, face our enemies, create art, make music, drive our cars, even give to charity. Kids can see this right away if we lead and direct their vision.
  6. Science is the future. As pervasive as science and technology are today, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The jobs of the future are increasingly dependent on workers’ precise knowledge and skills. Encourage children to investigate future-oriented careers, to check into post-high-school learning at community colleges, colleges, universities, and specialized institutions that focus on these careers.

The future beckons. Space exploration, anyone?



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    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean,...


  • The master/pupil relationship continues to thrive in the music profession, with few legacies riva...


  • Easter Bunny at Sioux Empire Mall

    04/02/2017
    09:00AM — 07:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) “Built Ford-Tough” Series is bringing their exciting brand o...


  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean,...


  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean,...


  • The master/pupil relationship continues to thrive in the music profession, with few legacies riva...


  • Little All Stars

    04/03/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/03/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Story & Craft

    04/03/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Join us for storytime and a simple craft! Age: Preschool RSVP anna@sfmvm.com Regular kids' act...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • Toddler Time

    04/04/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/04/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/04/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/04/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Mommies Matter: A PostPartum Support Group

    04/04/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Every 2 weeks on Tuesday


  • Join local musician Steve McFarland as he introduces the soothing sounds of the islands on th...


  • Baby in Our Family

    04/04/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    The Breastfeeding class is a one night class designed for those who are planning on breastfeeding...


  • Little All Stars

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Get in the Garage Camp

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Join us for our FREE Transportation Camp on April 5, 2017 from 9-2 to find out more about three e...


  • Milk Monologues

    04/05/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    04/05/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Mother Courage and Her Childeren

    04/05/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Location Details: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre on Augustana Mother Courage and her childre...



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