Keep Science Fun

The Columbian:

“Kids come out of the chute liking science,” NASA astronaut Mae Jemison said. “They ask, ‘How come? Why? What’s this?’ They pick up stuff to examine it. We might not call that science, but it’s discovering the world around us.”
Then something happens.
“Once we get them in school, we turn science from discovery and hands-on to something you’re supposed to do through rote memorization,” said Jemison, who was the first African-American woman to travel in space when she flew the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992.

Learning should be a fun experience for everyone. Making that actually happen can be a bit of challenge – sometimes, teachers get lucky and have students like me, students who love to learn for the sake of learning alone. But, from what I’ve seen, that’s a rarity: the average student doesn’t find everything fascinating. Trying to keep their interest is a unique challenge, one I don’t have any great solutions for.

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