Upon further research upon how to make science and labs more exciting I came across an interesting website with ideas and labs for kids from young grades all the way up to high school. The site explains creating the labs and getting the students engaged as you teach them the fundamentals of science, from physics, to chemistry, to biology; all of the necessary materials are there on the site for a teacher’s enjoyment.
Another site which I found interesting on my searching was an article that was written by npr (Montana public radio) that confirmed many of my suspicions that many kids, especially in high school are turned off to science in the classroom because it becomes boring to them. There are not enough labs and technology in which they can interact with and learn with. Many of the issues that teachers face when trying to make labs and lectures interesting is time. Time constraints are the number one issue when it comes to setting up labs. The second issue is that a lot of the teachers in academia are getting to the point in age where they don’t understand how some of the technology works, so when it comes to engaging students, the teachers themselves don’t clearly understand the equipment that would interest students.
Moviemaker was mentioned in another article discussing how students, when discovering new disciplines in science, can use it to conduct interviews with professionals in a topic of study. Another idea that was talked about is when researching computer science, with the expansions of video gaming and design, having students work on workshop and Games for Change to understand how graphic design can lead to the profession of video game and perhaps movie making.