Children are naturally curious, they ask many questions about the world around them and they have an intense desire to know everything there is to know about science. During their early years of life they tend to develop a certain inclination towards certain subjects, which is why it is so important to take advantage of their curiosity and channel their interests.
However, the latest data from the Social Perception of Science and Technology 2020 survey shows a noticeable decline in an interest in science and technology among participants. It went from 16.3% of participants showing interest in this area in 2018 to 14.2% in 2020. The difference is even more evident if we analyze it by gender: 18.8% of men show interest in this area but only 9.9% of women do.
These are some of the reasons why it is important to encourage an interest in science:
Science: a source of knowledge
Science provides children with a broader knowledge of how things work. It gives them a different view of reality, and it provides them with a wide variety of information from how the human body works to the workings of automobiles or renewable energies. Understanding the mechanism that governs most of the things around us allows us to have a broader vision of reality.
Respect the environmental
Knowing how the Earth works and what it is made up of is a great way to build awareness in children. If we make them aware of the delicate balance that exists between living beings, they will become more involved in taking care of the planet. Thus, when they get older they will want to take proper care of natural resources.
Stimulate their curiosity
Children are innately curious about how the world around them works, but this curiosity needs nurturing to prevent it from being lost over time. Scientific experiments, outdoor activities or discoveries about natural phenomena can help children maintain an interest in science and it gives them a way to explore the world around them. Awakening this curiosity in them will motivate them to look for explanations for things, which is the best method to learn.
How can we encourage children’s interest in science?
Now that we know the enormous benefits of science in children’s education, early childhood and elementary school classrooms are the ideal places to implement it. Teachers have to look for engaging ways to encourage scientific interest, either through interactive activities or through experiments where everyone can actively participate and test the theoretical knowledge given in class. Here are some tips that you can use to teach science in the classroom:
Children learn best by playing, and this is something that we should harness. Digital platforms such as Smile and Learn can be a great option to keep children’s attention and it is a technological resource that adapts to the individual needs of each student.
There is a broad catalog of games and activities tailored to different difficulty levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) so that students can test everything they know about science. Teachers can dedicate time to reinforce learning in a fun way within their subject area.
Using stories to complement teaching natural sciences is a good way to captivate students’ attention and facilitate their comprehension. There are plenty of stories and audiobooks available on Smile and Learn about various topics that can help spark students’ interest in science-related subjects.
Questions such as “Where did the Earth come from?”, “How many species are there in the sea?” and “How does electricity work?” are just some of the questions posed in natural science classes that teachers can answer through interactive videos. There is a vast catalog of natural science videos available on our platform which can help with this.
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