Understanding how the world works is fundamental to green thinking; it is why we care about the cleanliness of energy, the welfare of wildlife and the sustainability of natural resources. Understanding how the world works is also fundamental to good science; so understanding and enjoying science will help us make the best green decisions.
It is with great sadness then that fewer and fewer children seem to be taking an interest in science when it comes to choosing their subjects in high school. I believe it is important for children to realise from an early age that science is not a boring or laborious subject but in fact a fun and enlightening one. A great way engage children with science is by demonstrating scientific principles via fun, homemade, experiments like the ones below:
How to Make Pepper Jump
Fishing for Ice
Floating a Ping Pong Ball
How to Make a Submarine
How to Suck an Egg into a Bottle
Children are inquisitive by nature so science is an ideal subject for them and if they actively take part in science they will find things easier to explain and understand. We as parents can help this progression by giving our children straight answers to scientific questions. For example: a child asks where rain comes from and we can explain the water cycle to them; this also demonstrates why we must keep our water clean as it will, eventually, be falling on head.
It should never be anyone’s intention to force science on their children but I firmly believe that given the choice most children will be as engaged by biology, physics and chemistry as by art or craft.
Kevin Ball is a writer with a keen interest in science. He has recently been writing on behalf of Science Boffins; a company that provide science themed children’s parties. You can find out more about them and more experiments like those above at scienceboffins.co.uk. Photo by Atli Harðarson