How to Inspire Kids to Study Science

by Luke Muehlhauser on February 25, 2011 in Funny,How-To,Science

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Jacopo February 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I guess the only thing cooler than saddling a dinosaur is saddling a singleton whose ethical programming you devised … :p

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JS Allen February 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Promising kids that they’ll be able to clone dinosaurs is sort of like telling them that all of their prayers will be answered. When they realize it’s not true, you lose some credibility.

I liked Katja’s advice better:

The most obvious place to find undiscovered cheap answers available for scientific investigation is in topics that are not very important to people who pay for science. A notable example is the many small scale questions that are relevant to a given student but not to society as a whole. Does decreasing the length of my skirt increase the propensity of the cool students to talk to me? Does learning the piano as a child really make people happier later in life? Does Father Christmas exist? Do the other children hate me or are they just indifferent? What factors best cause my brothers to leave me alone? How much do my grades change if I do half an hour more or less homework each night? Does eating sugar all evening really keep me awake? How often will I really be approached by potential kidnappers if I hang out at the mall by myself after school?

You can probably think of better questions. As far as I know most children and teenagers disagree with their parents, teachers and other adults on a large number of issues. Investigating those issues scientifically might have the added benefit of getting students in the habit of keeping their opinions related to reality.

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mopey February 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

While a real honest-to-god cloned live dinosaur might be worth the wait, kids today don’t have that sort of patience.

Happily, The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky has pre-saddled animatronic dinosaurs – but the kids don’t get to ride those. The Triceratops that is available for riding looks almost as fun.

So, maybe just include some Creation Museum tickets with every science book.

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