#BuniAt5 Teaching STEM to kids session 12th November 2016

img_4062“It’s practical and relevant and kids embrace Science without thinking about it,” Jacqueline Dismas says.

“Science helps answer all those questions kids ask, like ‘Why is the sky blue?’ and ‘How come that everything you throw up falls down?’ she says

Science teaches kids about life

The benefits of learning about science for young kids are enormous. “Science involves a lot of talking and listening to others; it develops patience, too – a lot of the time in science things don’t happen overnight.”

Add to the mix are skills for life such as perseverance, problem-solving and researching.

It can teach children to form their own opinions, rather than taking those of others for granted. Jackie Says

img_4069“It helps kids to think about what could happen before they do it, to create a hypothesis in their mind. Then kids learn that not everything works the first time. Some experiments fall in a heap and you have to find out what went wrong, and try again,” Jackie says.

Science in school also teaches kids about the way the world works eg, how clothes are made or why volcanoes erupt.

It can spark ideas in kids’ minds that they, too, may one day be capable of creating solutions to big problems such as reducing poverty through the improvement of seed genetics to grow stronger crops, Jackie says.

Science jobs for the future

img_4058 “When we look at science and the discoveries that come through, we’ve only scratched the surface,” Jackie says.

Jobs in renewable energies such as solar and hydro-power are increasing rapidly. Then there is the conversation that goes with it in terms of preserving plants and animals.

“There is always going to be the study of different habitats as well as the increase in technology in renewable energies,” she says.

Medical research is also going to escalate. Even now, scientists are developing the ‘shoulders’ that future scientists will stand on in terms of cures for diseases.

“It can teach kids to form their own opinions rather than take those of others for granted. In science you’re taught to go about getting a whole lot of information from different people and sources – experts, teachers – it’s not just Googling for the answer online,” she says.

“It’s about saying, ‘I’ve looked at a whole lot of things and made my own opinion’.”