Every year around January and February, teachers and students begin preparing for science fairs. That means parents should be preparing as well.
Science fairs are a great opportunity for parents and children to work together on a potentially fun project. In addition to the benefits of family time, enjoying science can be equally important.
Although much of the primary years of education are spent on reading and writing, sparking an interest in science is critical to students. Here are some reasons why:
From a very early age, children want to know how things work. The ever important question, “Why?” is linked to a child’s innate curiosity. As children grow older, they often lose that inquisitiveness if it isn’t fostered. Children are so often told what is correct and incorrect. After some time, they stop asking why and just accept what they’ve been told. Science allows them to continue to ask why.
When children are naturally curious is the perfect time to get them interested in science. Science fuels their curiosity, which gives them ideas, skills, resources and potential future career choices.
Understanding everyday life
Many of our daily experiences involve science. Cooking and baking, kicking and throwing, running and jumping, growing fruits and vegetables and understanding how technologies work are examples of science in our everyday lives. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.
Today, we rely on science much more than we did 20 or 30 years ago. Technology is science. Innovations in technology have helped us to communicate with each other using the Internet, satellites and cell phones. These advances in technology help us to be more efficient in our everyday lives, providing us with the practical tools we need to advance. When we think ahead to the world our children will be facing as adults, technology will play a large part in their everyday lives, and it’s important that they be prepared.
Allowing students to come up with their own answer to the ever important “Why?” allows them to be problem solvers. They must use their own critical thinking skills to find and research the answer. This is the scientific method in its most natural and simple form. Even if the answer is not always correct, allowing them to have the opportunity to consider an answer allows them to think critically and creatively. Through time and experience, they will find the correct answer, but not if they are never allowed to.
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