In order to maintain the interest in the subject and to keep the curiosity level of the student high enough to understand how things actually work, the practical nature of Science education must be ensured. It is important that experiments and projects be a mandatory part of science teaching, so that the subject remains entertaining enough to let the student enjoy it.
Science as a subject is very expansive and way too vast than what it seems from afar, just like an ocean. Since science is present in every-day life, students can be guided to observe the science behind daily things like working of the fan, observing sunsets, the cycle of time, the phenomenon of day and night, fluctuating temperatures etc. While observing little things like these followed by the factual explanation from the textbook makes a lot of shift in their minds about the understanding of the topic.
Another way to generate interest in science as a subject of study, is to share the uses of simple experiments beforehand to build up the curiosity for the student. This makes it easier for the student to relate to the concepts in real. In fact, after learning, initiatives can be taken to make a working model regarding the same.
At home also parents should offer a helping hand in preparing projects for school. Some other steps that can be taken to ensure interest in studying science are as follows:
Teachers and parents should have a creative approach to teaching Science.
Schools should take up practical sessions and laboratory environment even for younger kids, so that the students can learn the simple processes like germination etc. through live observation.
Schools must source vendors and companies that provide raw material. This would help students make projects for school curriculum. These projects may vary in their topics as well as the subject, but they will certainly help the students get their hands dirty.
Taking students out for visits to science galleries, museums and preserving houses etc. always helps.
Parents and care takers can help the students in making projects at home in adult supervision. Simple experiments like electric circuits, candle, ice and other such household objects help the kids in developing an interest in understanding the daily phenomenon of science.
In order to ensure that learning Science remains fun enough, participation of both the student and the teacher is very important. Learning can be truly fun only if it is interesting and enjoyable, which in turn, is possible only when one can relate to it. Since science is so intertwined with our day – to – day lives, working models, visual media and the teacher – student involvement are a must for maintaining an interest in learning of Science.
In short, it all boils down to the fact that Science education CAN be fun if all stakeholders work together towards making it so.