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Science and Girls

Friday, July 12, 2013

When I was growing up girls weren’t encouraged to do anything besides play with Barbie dolls, dolls, play house, school, be princesses, etc… That’s not necessarily a bad thing but girls weren’t really encouraged to explore sciencet. When my husband was growing up he had several chemistry kits. You can’t buy one anymore though because they could be used to do bad things; literally!! Back to the point I’m trying to get at... I liked science some but didn’t think I was good at it. I remember having to take a basic chemistry class in junior high school. I thought it was somewhat interesting but had a hard time with it and nearly failed the class. In high school I was required to take a science class of some kind. It could have been chemistry, biology or Earth Sciences or one or two others. I ended up taking Earth Sciences because I thought it seemed the most interesting and the least hard. While I did find the class to be somewhat interesting I did just okay in the class. Having been through college I realize now that having a good teacher / instructor / professor makes all the difference in the world as to how well you will most likely do in the class. I think if I had had a different teacher for the chemistry class I would have done better. The same goes for the Earth Sciences class. If you can make learning fun and interesting I think most anyone will be able learn the topic. I have several Spark Friends that are teachers or are retired teachers. One of my good Spark Friends (AMYBELLES) just retired from teaching. On the Aspire & Inspire team each month we have a Buddy Support Group Challenge. Everyone who signs up is assigned to one of three teams. Each week there are different challenges that you are suppose to meet. Sometimes she and I would be on the same team and she’d talk about what she was teaching. It always sounded like she tried to make what the kids were learning fun and interesting. I told her several times that I wish I would have had teachers like her when I was growing up. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that girls aren’t necessarily encouraged to explore science or math, especially science it seems.

So, this link was shared on Facebook by a friend of mine. It got me excited because something like what she is trying to do could encourage girls to get excited about science. This woman is trying to create a picture book app that could get girls excited or interested in science. She’s trying to raise money so that she can make this app. Even if you can’t donate money if you could share the link with your friends it would be great. This is one of those rare things for me that make me really excited and animated about. Here is the link to her Kickstarter fundraising page I honestly think that if I had seen something like this when I was a little girl I might have become interested in science and explored science while growing up. When I was in college I use to love to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy because he made science fun and interesting! I really, really hope she succeeds because I think this is something that could get girls excited about science. This has me thinking though; maybe I’ll make a video game that could get girls excited about science. emoticon emoticon
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    Thanks so much for including me in your blog, Cathy!!! Science was one of my favorite subjects growing up and one of my favorite subjects to teach. I think I showed my students my enthusiasm for the units I taught: Changes with lots of science experiments, Dinosaurs, Space/Planets, and Organisms. I would play Bill Nye the Science guy movies, too -they were awesome (along with the Magic School Bus.) Our field trips every year were so much fun, too. We went to a watershed conservancy and had a stream study, and paleontologists came to our school to snow the kids fossils and do a dino dig. In my experience, both boys AND girls love science in elementary school...not sure If the interest holds up in middle school and high school. The fundraiser that girl is trying to do looks really cool, and I think it would be wonderful if you made a science video game! Go for it!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1555 days ago
  • TONYAB2000
    I agree completely. Right now, all of my kids really enjoy science. DD13 is taking advanced science classes and she participates in science fairs and other competitions around the district/county/state. I do agree that the way a person teaches is important because if you don't get the kids interested then they aren't going to want to learn. But there also has to be some interest on the kids' side as well. Some people like math/science/reading, etc. and some people don't and that's okay but it would be nice if girls were encouraged in the areas of science and math just as boys are.
    1557 days ago
    Presentation of just about any subject is possibly 'win or lose' .............. And the other component is having a curiosity or interest on the matter. .......... I have always found what 'floats one's boat' can 'sink anothers' ................. kind of like 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ............... I was not particularly interested though I took some science classes ................ Everyone is different which is actually great ........ emoticon ........ (For me, I really did NOT like history in high school and it was grueling ............ yet, for some it was right on ................
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    Comment edited on: 7/12/2013 9:50:18 PM
    Sorry, I forgot to make the link clickable.

    I really think I'm going to make a video game that would get girls and / or boys interested in science.
    1557 days ago
    I LOVED science. I wanted to be a bio-chemist. Science rocks!
    1558 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    That video game would be cool.

    Kids definitely needs someone to get them interested in "stuff" in the first place. Once their interest is peaked there's no stopping them.
    1558 days ago
    That would be great!
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    1558 days ago
    I hope more people get involved and more kids get excited about learning!
    1558 days ago
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