By Megan Baisden, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB) graduate
As a kid, I had many different science teachers. Some were amazing, but many lacked creativity and passion. I found my love for science when my 10th grade science teacher got a bunch of class pets and let us observe and record data about them while also teaching us their biology. We had a corn snake, actual young crocodiles, fish, spiders, and crabs. It was my favorite class to go to everyday. Something about having hands on experience with animals while learning all about them really sparked my passion for science.
I think we could be doing more to encourage younger generations to love science. This could be helped by having classes specifically aimed towards hands on activities and technology for upcoming teachers. This way, they can all see the possibilities of getting kids engaged in what they’re learning and enlightening them to how exciting test tubes and experiments can be.
By utilizing technology more in teaching the sciences, we can be more visual and exciting. iPad and computers are all the rage in education right now and we should be making our own apps and finding more things to teach kids with visuals and games. By making it exciting, you can make them want to learn more.
In conclusion, if we want to see amazing things from our future generations we need to give them the best scientific upbringing as possible. We have the means to do it and at this point it’s about implementing all our opportunities in the most interesting ways possible. By letting it be interesting, we open doors for creativity and science to merge together even more. Think of all the kids who found their way to science even though they had boring teachers… and imagine the possibilities if science is made into the fun class in school.
About the author
My name is Megan and I am a continuing education student who recently graduated with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. I have two cats, a job at OSU hospitals, and a passion for getting people engaged in the sciences.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.