The following is an excerpt from Aurora Lipper’s “Supercharged Science Newsletter” (August 30, 2012).
IT’S AMAZING WHAT A HANDS-ON SCIENCE CLASS CAN DO!!!
“Recently a man came up to me and thanked me excitedly. To be honest, I didn’t recognize him. Then he explained that about six years ago, I had taught a science workshop that his son had attended. His son was apparently doing very poorly in all his subjects at the time (I think he was in 6th grade).
He continued to tell me that after the workshop, his son had developed a fascination with science (airplanes in particular). It seems it suddenly clicked for him that school was about the real world, and that it all worked together. Math was part of flying planes, as was writing. Airline pilots need college degrees, in fact.
His grades in school got better, and in science he was getting A’s and B’s. Then the man straightened up and smiled…
He said, “My boy just started college in Aeronautical Engineering!”
It turns out, six years ago he was looking ahead and worrying that his son might not even finish high school. This just goes to show that science can be so much more than just a subject to teach your kids – it’s a part of the magical world we all live in.”