Emeremnu Chika – BASIC TEACHER

As children grow up in an increasing technologically and scientifically advanced world they need to be scientifically literate to succeed

We are surrounded by technology and products of science every day. A student rides to school on a bus and in that instance alone there are many examples of technology based on the scientific method. The school bus is a product of many areas of science and technology including mechanical engineering and innovation. Our roads, light, sidewalks and other infrastructure are carefully designed by engineers and planners.

Outside the window, trees, turn sunlight into stored energy and create the oxygen we need to survive. Whether “natural” or human derived every aspect of a child‟s life is filled with science, from their own internal biology to the flat screen TV in the living room.

As children grow up in an increasing technologically and scientifically advanced world they need to be scientifically literate to succeed. Teaching
science to pupils is teaching them how to think, learn, solve problems, and make informal decisions.

Not only does science education teach young learners problem solving skills that will help them throughout their schooling, it also engages them in science from the start.

Children usually form a basic opinion about science shortly after beginning school, if this is a negative opinion it can be hard to engage those kids in
science as they grow older. Engaging young students with exciting materials and experiences motivates them to learn and pursue the sciences through out school.

Science education is one of the most important subjects in school due to its relevance to students’ lives and the universally applicable problem solving and critical thinking skills it uses and develops. These are lifelong skills that allows kids to generate ideas weigh decisions intelligently and even understand the evidence behind public policy making.

Teaching technological literacy, critical thinking and problem solving through science education gives students the skill and knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.