Fun class sparks in­ter­est

Melville Times - - News -

CHRIS Smith tried to make sci­ence fun for kids at a les­son in Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School.

The Cam­bridge Univer­sity-based doc­tor, who is a mem­ber of The Naked Sci­en­tists group, led a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion last Wed­nes­day, thanks to Mur­doch Univer­sity.

“The idea is to try and make sci­ence a bit more fun for young peo­ple,” he said.

“There’s a syl­labus that teach­ers are obliged to teach, but then very of­ten there are other in­ter­est­ing as­pects of sci­ence that they don’t get the op­por­tu­nity to talk about in lessons.

“Giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to have any sci­ence ques­tion an­swered taps into peo­ple’s in­ter­ests and you can fire up peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tions; that’s what I was try­ing to do.

“Kids spend their lives be­ing told what to learn and get­ting told what they have to know but of­ten they have some re­ally good ques­tions and this gives them that op­por­tu­nity to ask those.”

Dr Smith said the group’s eye-catch­ing name came from want­ing to bring some fun to sci­ence.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487997 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Year 8 stu­dents Amber Ngui and Kiara Bayne learn about sci­ence the fun way with Chris Smith, from The Naked Sci­en­tist.

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