Sciences classes are a great opportunity to introduce students to real world experiences. Educators always want their students to be able to bring what they learn in the classroom and relate it to everyday life. Creating a science culture in your hands-on classroom experience doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it have to be achieved on a national scale; there are three small steps you can take to ensure your science class is as engaging and informative as it should be!
1. Encourage your students to ask: "why?"
One of the fundamental building blocks of a successful science class (and a scientist), is the desire to ask why. The subject of science itself revolves about our inquisitive nature to ask how and why things work in the world. Therefore, in science classes, it’s important to make the class more than purely memorization.
The subject of science itself revolves about our inquisitive nature to ask how and why things work in the world.
Diving deeper into scientific topics and encouraging discussions will allow your students to truly understand why something works and allow them to remember the topic rather than simply force memorization.
2. Make time for activities and exercises
A true learning experience occurs in physics, chemistry, and biology labs. Making time in your curriculum to ensure that students have the opportunity to have hands-on knowledge forges a deeper, inherent understanding of the mathematics and logic. This really brings the words from a textbook to life and creates impactful learning experiences.
3. Emphasize that mistakes are important
Mistakes are a fundamental part of learning and life – nowhere is this truer than science. Many of the greatest discoveries of science and engineering are by accident. Allow your students to embrace failing as a necessary part to get closer to the answer. Every experience is valuable—including failure.
Many of the greatest discoveries of science and engineering are by accident.
Experimentation with various STEM kits and real world objects can be both innovative and increase learning opportunities. solar4STEM STEM kits encourage scientific growth while offering dozens of lesson plans curated to your content needs; with minimal setup and clean up time, it allows you peace of mind when making time for activities. With questions integrated into each unit and experiments empowering students, it is a perfect tool for students to ask questions and explore independently.