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Teaching Kids the Value of Science

Teaching science is fun, profitable and rewarding. Today's students need to understand the value of a solid background in science. Any time is the right time for science, so try these experiments out in the classroom:

Find out if your students are right-brained or left-brained and learn a little about neurobiology!

  • Each student needs to do a series of tests:
  1. Write his or her name.
  2. Look into a hole.
  3. Step on a coin.
  4. Listen to a sea shell.

Have the students take a lab book and record whether they used their left or right side to do these activities. Students can accomplish this in pairs, too. Have them count which is used more often – the right or the left side, or both equally (this would be mixed brain dominance).

Build a robot!

  • Materials needed are 9-Volt battery, a Phillips-head screwdriver, red and black electrical wire (thin gauge), electrical tape, a piece of cork as a conductor, a very small electrical motor (very inexpensive) and a brush for scrubbing. Assemble the parts, and you have a robot that will clean a small area. As the cork spins from the small electrical charge running through it, it will push the brush over a surface.

Teaching science is engaging for all, and students need to know how to create and invent. This is one the values of science: powering inventions like missiles and spacecraft or and ships, cars and trains.

Science also improves the intellect, so by teaching science you are teaching today's kids how to think for themselves. The scientist discovers great truths and opens up mysteries through his or her education.

Good teachers teach the nature of a discipline

Teaching science teaches students how to explore and understand the world around every one of them. From the beginning of civilization to how the pancreas functions to how liquids change form: science teaches everyone about life and the nature of everything in it.

What does a Master's in Science Education Mean for you?

You may get to create a better tomorrow by educating kids about the value and importance of science today. The scientific community is exactly that: a community. It is not practiced in isolation. You may have peers and colleagues interested in your success. Your students may remember the day they learned scientific inquiry or how to test a hypothesis. The discussions and the dialogue can be fascinating. A master's in science education can bring you these experiences.

Kids need to know the value of science and scientific methods. There are engaging experiments that you can conduct for very little money regardless of classroom size or makeup. A master's in science education opens the door to discovery and learning that can be passed on to future generations.

Learn more about the UT Arlington M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction – Science Education online program.


Sources:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/hands-on-activities/brushbot#instructions

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-to-teach-students-to-think-like-scientists


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