A recent stint with my kids quickly turned from a foray into creative and practical science to one of industrial history and science fiction. The Bendigo Discovery Science Centre is a great hands on introduction for kids (and adults) into the fields of practical science. The whole facility is designed to provoke thought in a fun and physically engaging environment.
Unknowingly, the kids learn about basic principles such as:
- Optics (e.g. bending light, refraction, perspective)
- Sound (e.g. delays, frequency / tone)
- Forces (e.g. gravity, centrifugal)
- Space (e.g. solar system, stars)
All of these adventures into science, with kids abounding around me, we all squealed with the joy of discovery. My personal favorite is the 3 story vertical drop slide were you learn the not so gentle art of working with gravity during a 2 story free-fall before rolling out in a nice parabolic slide that completes the vector transformation from all vertical to all horizontal energy.
With all the creative energy abuzz, I turned my photographic eye to the interior of the building. It was once a maintenance shed for steam trains and dates back to the 1880~1890s.
One thing that everyone agreed with on the day out, science does not need to be dull but should be filled with fantastic interaction. In those 3~4 hours, I think my kids probably learned a years worth of class room, sanitary and sterile, class room science.
Do you find you learn from hands on or text books / instruction?
Most schools today will teach from books out of fear grown from crazy parents whom sue every time ‘Johnny’ (not his real name *blogger chuckles to self*) skins his knee.
Please, if you read this, take a stand for practical education and tell the ‘Johnny parents’ of the world to do two thing;
- Stop screwing up the world for everybody else and their kids
- If they are going to sue, then don’t do the fun activities the rest of us want our kids to experience (basically – bugger off!)