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☰ Shaping the Future of Science

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Shaping the Future of Science

Posted on March 20 2017

For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally. They do just that every day of their lives and learn from it. The myth is that we have to convince children that science is fun. Are you joking? Science has always been fun for children… if it’s presented in the right way.

When people say they don’t like science, it’s most likely because of a bad experience they had as a child or due to a poor teacher at school. It was the EXPERIENCE that shaped their negative opinion. That’s why it’s so important to focus on working with teachers to learn how to create amazing experiences that encourage discovery through play, asking questions, exploration and using creativity to solve simple problems. It’s next to impossible to erase bad experiences. On the flip side, amazing experiences turn into unforgettable learning experiences that can inspire and motivate children to want to learn and explore more on their own. At Forest Park, that is our goal, to create positive experiences for the children to never forget.

When it comes to teaching science, teachers have tremendous impact and influence on shaping the thoughts and opinions of pupils. Research shows that most children have formed an opinion (either positive or negative) about science by the time they reach the age of 7. That puts a tremendous about of responsibility on us professionals, especially with all of the emphasis being placed on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). Teaching science is not an option for us at Forest Park… it’s a MUST! We, as teachers, have the opportunity to create exciting and engaging experiences that will have a lasting impact on our students throughout their entire school experience.

Our actions today in the area of early childhood science education will have a greater impact on growing next generation scientists than any other STEM initiative currently being discussed at the state and national level. Teachers at primary school age have far more impact and influence on a child’s potential to seek out a career in science or engineering than any other age group. Yet, all of the money is being poured into secondary or higher level STEM initiatives. This issue has been highlighted this week during science and engineering week across the UK. At Forest Park we have celebrated science activities and children have been learning all about the subject with an array of hands on activities and experiments. Take a look at our cover story in this week’s newsletter to view what we have been up to, it has been great fun!

If a teacher has information, the learner will use you and discard you. If the teacher has knowledge, the pupil will call upon you only when they need you. But if what you have is wisdom, the learner will respect you forever. Impact and influence is built on respect. If we’re going to have a profound impact on the way our children at Forest Park view science, we need to earn their respect. And it all starts with creating unforgettable learning experiences that never lose the element of fun.

Nick Tucker

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