The Best Kept Secret in Science Education
I have the best idea to engage children in science and it is the most important and exciting job in science. I run a primary science lab.
Students from K – 6 attend the lab with their teachers and we learn the science together. The lab sets the engaging scene, is designed to excite young minds about science and cultivate their natural curiosity. Giant pterosaurs hang from the ceiling, aquariums and bug breeding boxes are on display. The room focuses on simplicity, engagement, and student outcomes.
The lab has run for nine years and the idea is permeating through our education system, driven by willing principals and teachers (not policy). The innovation ticks all the boxes and children at the earliest age are immersed in a learning experience that will stay with them always.
Education is spectacular at doing the same thing but expecting different results. We have done something different and our results are spectacular.
I know of forty labs operating in our state in Western Australia but there could now be up to one hundred. It’s the best kept secret in science education.
Ivor Hickey commented
It would be interesting if you developed what you mean by learning together. Is he work investigative and what role do the children play in developing the studies?