How to get your kids interested in science

 

 

Developing your kid’s interest in science is always a great idea. Having a child that enjoys asking questions about all that surrounds him/her is the first step in cultivating in them the so much appreciated skills of being inquisitive and willing to analyze the unknown. Although science may seem cold and unappealing to most at first, there are a few tricks you can pull out of your sleeve to trick and get them interested. So, today I will try to present to you a few strategies you can use to get your kids curious about this field of knowledge.

 

 

Visit the museum

I can still remember the first time my dad and I visited the local museum. There is just something fascinating about museums; maybe it’s the fading smell of antiquities, the mysterious feeling one gets when he/she walks the dimly lighted corridors or maybe it’s something appealing and intriguing about the glass display cases that draw a barrier between you and actual pieces of history, who could tell! However, kids cannot resist it and it is almost impossible not to get engulf in the spirit of museums. So, if you want to both spend time with your son/daughter but also do something educative that will lure them into finding science fascinating, a trip to the museum is just what you should plan for next weekend.

 

A science kit

Science is always more interesting when you uncover the unknown by your own. So, to make sure your kids don’t lose their initial enthusiasm about science as time goes by, I suggest you buy them a fun science kit. By doing so, you will be able to allow them enough liberty and also help them develop a sense of independence and individualism.

 

Learn side by side

There are still many uncharted territories in the field of science and, when I say this, I don’t only refer to science in general, but also about our own general knowledge. So, why don’t you use this to your advantage? An enjoying activity you can share with your son or daughter is to constantly surprise each other with science trivia. To start this game, you simply have to start asking questions and try to find solutions by working together. In this way, you and your kid will learn more not only about the world but also about each other, so, why don’t you give it a go?

Other cool ways you can get your kids interested in science could be by taking trips and exploring nature, enrolling him/her in a science camp for the summer or even simply watching TV movies and documentaries together.

3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking

 

 

It’s hard to imagine that, today, Stephen Hawking’s name doesn’t ring a bell to everybody. Whether or not people are actually aware of what he was able to achieve in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, he is one of the highly appreciated geniuses that we have the privilege to call ourselves contemporary with. So, as a way of celebrating him, and his amazing life, I have decided to compose this short list of 3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking.

First, you may not be aware of this but Stephen Hawking is one of the few Americans to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This medal is, in fact, the highest civilian award one can receive in U.S.A. and is a way in which particular civilian’s actions are acknowledged as a contribution to the security or the national interest of the country. Hawking was given the medal by former president Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. Other important people who were rewarded this award were:  Pope John XXIII, John F. Kennedy,  the Apollo 13 crew or Angela Merkel.

Secondly, due to his fast rise to stardom, Stephen Hawking has become one of the most familiar faces and voices in today’s culture. What’s fascinating though is the fact that he is neither afraid nor upset by the fact that his image is being used as a cultural reference. Moreover, this was made even clearer when he actually agreed to appear in a couple of well-known movies and TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation where he makes a series of funny jokes in the company of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton; The Simpsons or Futurama.

Thirdly, although British by birth, the robotic voice produced by the synthesizer that he uses has a distinct non-British accent. Even though due to the evolution of technology he could have modified his synthesizer and make it so that he speaks with a British accent, it has been reported that the scientist refused to give up this part of his persona, as he believes that a change would interfere with who he is to the overall public. His choice is somehow understandable given the fact that his voice, the one that he has been using for the last decades, is one of the easiest to spot elements about him.

An additional fun fact that all technology addicts will sure find interesting is the fact that the device he now uses to speak was so neatly designed that it is capable of determining the words he wants to speak by just detecting cheek movement.