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Ac­cord­ing to ed­u­ca­tion writer Janelle Cox, an es­sen­tial el­e­ment to turn­ing stu­dents on to sci­ence is to show them how it’s used in their daily lives. Sci­ence is be­hind the cre­ation of their cell­phones, tablets, and videogames— let your class­room ex­plore and un­der­stand how this sub­ject mat­ter touches more in their day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties than they think.

It would be eas­ier for pupils to ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sub­ject if they see its prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­bil­ity and re­la­tion­ship to real life.

Cox also nar­rated that teach­ers can cre­ate con­tests that en­cour­age your chil­dren to use sci­ence to gen­er­ate a de­sign that may peak their in­ter­est. For ex­am­ple, most stu­dents love play­ing on their smart­phones and tablets— chal­lenge your class­room to cre­ate an app that they’d use ev­ery day. Teach­ers should strive to make sci­ence teach­ing fun and en­joy­able.

It can be quite dif­fi­cult to get stu­dents to be in­ter­ested in sci­ence when your only re­source is a text­book. Teach­ers should also ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of as­sign­ing new re­source ma­te­ri­als from the in­ter­net or mag­a­zines.

The best way to spark in­ter­est in sci­ence is to bring it to life with ex­cit­ing ex­per­i­ments. Younger stu­dents will be mem­o­rized by glow­ing wa­ter, or how spe­cific items float or sink whereas the older crowd will ben­e­fit from ob­serv­ing a mock crime scene. When stu­dents “do” sci­ence they are more apt to be ex­cited about it.

You can de­velop stu­dent in­ter­est in sci­ence by en­hanc­ing their nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity and con­nect­ing sci­ence to their daily lives. To help stu­dents de­velop an even deeper un­der­stand­ing (and form ques­tions of their own), we can cre­ate new ex­plo­rative and cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure that our stu­dents will be able thrive in the many years be­yond their schol­arly ca­reer.

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