School kids usually find science a difficult subject to learn. The reason is that most of the subject matter is difficult to understand and hard to assimilate. The different scientific phenomena are explained in an abstract language using scientific terms and symbols.
Hence, students concentrate more on cramming the subject matter instead of understanding it. Their complete focus is on learning the lessons by heart so that they can score well in tests or exams.
Even while doing experiments in lab, they concentrate on getting the right results rather than verifying what they have learned in the class. However, we cannot blame students for having such an approach, the education system in most of the schools is such that it gives them little time or help to understand the subject matter completely.
They have to complete the experiment in a limited period of time, get the right results, complete their journal, and get it checked by the teacher concerned. Many a times when students are unable to get the right results, they manipulate the data or the results or seek help of their classmates. The result of all this is that students end up getting frustrated and confused. They see no other way but to memorize everything word to word and reproduce it as well as they can in their exams.
The whole point of developing a scientific temperament or appreciating little facts of science is lost. Students study everything in their class, but fail to explain simple phenomena of nature. When asked to explain some scientific term or scientific principle, they would either give a verbatim text book answer or scratch their head and come up with a simple answer like, “I don’t know how it works, but there must be some scientific explanation for it.” We all live in a scientific age, and in such a situation one cannot give a better answer. Kids will know the answers if you as a parent help them find answers.
Here are a few tips on how to develop your child’s interest in science.
Refresh Your Knowledge
It’s much easier to help your kid if you are a science graduate. However, if you are commerce or arts graduate then you will have to learn the basics, revise the subject matter, and study your kid’s text book. It’s not that hard to understand the subject as it is the basic science. So, refresh your knowledge and get your fundamentals clear before you decide to help your kid.
Find Easy and Interesting Experiment
If you have access to internet, go online and find easy and interesting experiments related to different topics in the text book. It would be much easier to persuade your kid to take interest and do the experiments if they are related to his subject. Besides, it would serve the double purpose of developing your child’s interest in science as well as helping him get a better understanding of what he has learnt in class.
Buy Articles Used in Science Experiments
One other way of developing your child’s interest in science is to buy them articles used in school labs like prism, magnetic compass, magnet, batteries, small bulbs, small motor, copper wire, lens etc. You can explain many basic science principles and phenomena by using these articles. Moreover, your kid will have easy access to these items which he gets to handle occasionally in his science laboratory. By experimenting with these articles at home, he will definitely get a better understanding of different scientific principles which will help him develop interest in science.
For example, If your son is in 10th standard, he must be having a topic on electric motor. You can buy a small motor that runs on 1.5v or 3 v battery. First connect the wires to the battery and see how it works. Then connect a small fan to its axle and run the motor. Connect two cells instead of one, see if there’s any difference in the speed. Open up the outer case of the motor and see the inner parts. Take the help of the text book and identify the different parts of the motor. Run the motor in that condition. Your son would love to experiment with the motor and in the process would learn many things about it. Much more than what he has learned in his class.
This is how you can develop your child’s interest in science.