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Children and science: Today is a great day to learn something new

Inceptive learning

I love to look around the web and find new inspiring videos. Below I have embedded a TED talk that I fell in love with, even though it is from 2012. It is still relevant. I think curiosity should be encouraged from an early age. That is, in my opinion, the key to continuous learning through life.

The only way to learn new things is to keep on asking questions and to challenge what we think is the truth. I believe it is what we KNOW already that often prevents us from learning new things.

In this TED talk, the two scientists Beau Lotto and Amy O’Toole (she was 12 years old in 2012) describe what they have learned when they asked: “Can humans and bees solve complex problems in the same way?”

Hey, wait! Can children make a useful contribution to science…?

Yes of course! Science is all about being curious, keeping on asking questions, and playing games. Perfect for kids! Kids have it naturally, the curiosity that is the main core for continuous learning. Don’t you agree? I really think we as grown-ups should learn from our kids sometimes since many of us seem to have lost the ability to be curious and challenge what we think we know.

Today is a great day to learn something new

Think of it, when does a situation occur that you feel you are learning something new?

I know from my own experience that if I do things the same way as I have always done, the results will be the same and I will not learn anything new. That is so boring! How willing you are to learn new things depends on how willing you are to change your mind. That is exactly what Amy says in the TED talk.

Explore The WorldI feel that the older we get, the less likely we are to change our minds if we are not properly challenged. I really hope I will be able to inspire my kids and enable them to keep their curious mindsets throughout their lives.

So, should we push all kids to become engineers and scientists?

No, of course not!  We should not push any kids to become engineers and scientists if they don’t want to. That is not what it is about. I think everyone should have the freedom of choice to choose which field they want to focus their lives on.

I believe that science is for everyone, but that does not mean that everyone should become scientists and engineers. The thing with introducing kids to science is so much wider.

Science involves a lot of talking and listening to others and it develops patience too – a lot of the time in science things don’t happen overnight.

Then, if we add skills for life such as perseverance, problem-solving, and researching to the mix, I think we will be on a good way to teach children to form their own opinions, rather than taking those of others for granted.

Are you skeptical?

Importantly, encouraging children to become interested in science can also result in a healthy dose of skepticism. This is something I believe should not be overseen. Especially since a lot of information is just one search away on the web.

Skills and knowledge within the fields of science can teach kids to form their own opinions rather than take those of others for granted.  It is about getting a lot of information from different people and sources – experts, teachers – it’s not just Googling for the answer online.

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

What do you think? I would love to know, so just leave a comment below and I will get back to you!


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