Science has far too often been left solely to the scientists, with their technical jargon and hard-to-pronounce words. However, Science is fast becoming more and more relevant in our everyday lives. Nowadays, we need to be a part of the scientific world ourselves in order to understand and survive in today’s world.
Science is everywhere
Science is all around us. We constantly use it, even though it might not cross our minds. Think about cooking eggs for breakfast, for example. There are major scientific reactions happening in something as simple as that.
Eggs contain many amino acids, or proteins, and thousands of water molecules. Heat actually changes the entire organization of both the protein and water molecules, breaking certain bonds and forming new ones in order to then transform this once watery goop into a solid and almost rubbery state. Beating egg whites, on the other hand, is a totally different chain of scientific reactions – causing the coagulation of amino acids, creating a foamy white texture.
Everyone should be a scientist
STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In today’s world, with our smart phones, tablets, and The Internet of Things, science is proving that it is here to stay, and is only going to become more complex than a simple reaction of scrambling some eggs.
Scientists are now also realizing that everyday people need to be a part of this science in order for their own research to succeed. The common layperson will not be interested in supporting science that they don’t understand. We don’t need to understand the science behind how the Bluetooth function works, for example, but – we can understand when they mention how easy it is to transfer material from one device to the next, simply by turning on this function. Effective science communication, therefore, enables everyone to have their own hand at understanding science.
Many scientific journals and researchers have now even turned to social media and YouTube, coming up with simple to follow channels to help everyone become a science enthusiast, understanding how completely relevant science is to our daily lives. Schools are turning to different methods of teaching children in order for them to see first-hand, science at work.
Cultivating Curiosity, Imagination and Passion for Science (as well as Tech, Engineering and Maths)
At STEMmates, we design our courses with hands-on and activity-based learning so children can put into practice scientific theories learned. Programs like, robotics and oceanography show young learners how to relate to STEM subjects and learn about them through ‘doing’, rather than just wrote learning.
Let your child realize the importance of science in our everyday lives through looking up our courses on our Facebook and website pages. Next time you make breakfast, have a chat with them about all the reactions taking place, and show them just how relevant science is.