As news reports state that STEM jobs are expected to grow by more than 21% over the next 5 years, it’s important that we increase the number of children studying Physics in our schools. How we teach those children in classroom science is, therefore, of paramount importance.
In order for children to be good scientists we need to do something that we’re not very good at doing within education. We need to enable kids to go ‘off the beaten track’ with their thoughts. A good scientist is not one who merely uses a recipe to replicate a set of known quantities or repeats statistical data parrot-fashion. A good scientist is someone who wonders ‘why?’ and ‘what if?’