Saturday, January 10, 2009

Raising scientists

In my reading of our new science weekly, New Scientist, I stumbled upon this article, "Why kids are natural-born scientists".
"We need a way to keep children bouncing along and excited about learning and discovery in general, despite the barriers and boundaries they come across at school."
Well, we don't have the barriers and boundaries of school, and at least, I am trying to avoid erecting them. I'm not sure I have been as successful as I want to be.

Monday, I will start doing biology with my younger science lab students. We will be looking at animal and plant cells through the microscope. They will get the animal cells from inside their cheeks. Looking at your own cells is always more exciting than looking at prepared slides. I hope they will have fun.

The following week we will be isolating DNA, first from peas, and then from their cheek cells. I have only done the cheek cell DNA once before and, of course, the DNA volume is low but it was considered cool by the young scientists. Noach and I will do a trial run of this before the lab, just in case.

So I will keep trying to avoid erecting barriers. They do keep bouncing. I just hope they are excited about learning and discovery. PRM

2 comments:

About Us said...

I love reading about your science experiments. How old is your younger group? And where do you come up with these experiments and the equipment necessary to complete them?

Ruth in NC said...

Sorry for the delay in answering.

The younger group ranges from 11 to 14 years old.

I have many, perhaps too many, books of science experiments. And then there is the web where many experiments can be found. Pick your topic and google it and you will be amazed at the material out there for free.

I have been doing science at home for several years and have gradually acquired equipment. I buy from Home Science Tools, not a secular company but sells small amounts of chemicals and stuff. I also buy from Wards and Carolina Biological.