8 year olds discover science is “cool and fun”
The news of a group of 8 year old British school children publishing a scientific paper in the Journal Biology Letters has been making the rounds on the internet.
The paper itself is also available for reading online, and this work is the product of the Street Science collaboration which has put together a number of public displays in the UK that allows everyday citizens to become active participants in science. You can find detailed descriptions of projects on the site, and they are all quite fascinating. It would be great to learn more about some of these projects and try to bring something similar to our building or campus.
I think the thing I love most about this endeavor is that the kids wrote the paper in their own words, rather than taking on the stuffy language of science that we’re often told belongs in lab reports. The data table above is simply priceless. To me, this is what science should be about—students investigating their world using tools they understand and create, and writing about it in their own words. So how can I make this happen in my classes?