Sunday, July 06, 2014

Action Science - how to make science relevant to kids

Often, students will ask their teacher, "What is the point of this?" or "Why are we doing this anyway?" They want to know exactly how the material they're learning in class will apply to their everyday lives because, at times, it seems disconnected from what they do. Physical science concepts are often taught quite traditionally in school, and in an almost clinical manner, isolated to a specific circumstance within a classroom. This is what disconnects the tools and the content from the students' experiences. There is a real need for educators to explore and connect content in settings that are both authentic and relatable for students. "Action Science" aims at making science real to students and makes learning relatable -- read more on Edutopia
Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park. Bill is an educator for more than 20 years and has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels. His academic areas of expertise are in science education, curriculum development, and technology integration for K–12.

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