05 Aug Science Matters
Everything in the world around us is matter, and the study of matter is called Science.
Science is an extensive and fascinating area of knowledge that integrates all aspects of life. It is all about exploring nature and understanding how things work around us. The fact that we as human beings exist, wake up in the morning, breathe air around us, the food we eat , the water we drink, the atmosphere in which we survive, the plants and animals around us, are all based on Science.
The word Science has its origin from the Latin word “Scientia” which means knowledge acquired by study or application.
Branches of Science are mainly categorized into three groups. They are:
- Natural/Pure Sciences (the study of natural phenomenon which includes Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Sciences);
- Social Sciences (the study of human behavior and the societies which include anthropology, geography, economics, sociology, psychology and more); and
- Formal Sciences (the study of mathematics, statistics and logic).
Teaching and Leaning Science can be made really fun and interesting for young and growing minds. Young children are naturally curious about exploring the world around them and learning from everyday experiences. All Science topics should be taught in an interactive way, providing hands-on experience, supplemented with real life examples, games, activities and of course, followed by assessments and competitions to test the knowledge gained.
Unfortunately, the teaching of Science in elementary and middle schools in United States is not up to par when comparing to other developed and developing countries. Science teachers and classrooms, particularly at the elementary and middle schools, receive fewer materials and resources and even less institutional support. (http://www.ocregister.com/2011/10/25/elementary-schools-not-teaching-enough-science-study-finds/)
Therefore, the introduction and progression of Science in our school system is extremely important. Most students find science to be inspiring and interesting. Science helps develop a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop better understanding and communication with the world. It also teaches the students the skills of life, such as developing patience and perseverance, help them improve their observation, problem solving and research abilities. Students who excel in Science and Technology are often likely to develop stronger critical thinking ability and are motivated to find solutions to a number of problems that make our world a better place.
Did you have a favorite Science Subject in School – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computers? If so, what made it so interesting? If not, which class did you enjoy the most in school? Share your thoughts in the comments below.