THE S OF STEM IS FOR SCIENCE
The Benefits of Early Years Science Education – Providing opportunities for scientific discovery in early years settings is beneficial to young children in several ways: It can foster a lifelong love of science, a basic grounding in scientific concepts and scientific thinking and support the development of other skills and attributes
Children are programmed to explore and experiment right from the start and research suggests that by the age of 7, most children have developed either a positive or negative attitude towards science education that will remain entrenched. So by tapping into their natural predispositions early on, during this key developmental phase, we can nurture and establish a positive approach to science education that will stay with them into the future.
Even the very simplest activities can introduce children to scientific concepts and stimulate scientific thinking. Early years science education can provide a strong foundation in terms of both what is learned, and how it’s learned, that will stand them in good stead. By encouraging and directing their natural curiosity, and familiarising them with basic scientific vocabulary, early years educators can help them begin to make sense of the world around them, and gain some understanding of how things work. Science education activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Help them expand their vocabulary by using scientific terms that are appropriate for their age group. Encourage them to extend and embed their learning through related literacy, numeracy and creative activities
Science learning is critical for the development of higher-order thinking but is missing from most early school experiences.
Scientists, educators, and policy makers all agree that maintaining and developing children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn is a critical component of school readiness.
Science is a part of our daily life. Everything we do and deal with in life is science from cooking, playing ball, growing a garden and understanding how technologies work to watching a rain storm, so understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.
Science education teaches children more than just the basics of geology, biology, physics and chemistry, but it also teaches children to make observations, collect information and to use logical thinking to draw a conclusion and these skills are important for every part of our lives.
Scientists are an important part of the future of our world. Without them we would not be able to predict the weather or earthquakes, understand global warming, cure illnesses and take care of the sick, or have many of the products that enhance our lifestyles today.
Science education provides children an understanding of how things work, such as earthquake movement, weather patterns, chemical reactions and nutritional needs, which will help them to safe, healthy environments for future generations.
Children are naturally curious and science education fuels that curiosity and provides them with valuable ideas, skills, and potential future career choices.
It also gives children the opportunity to experiment and work in teams on activities that enhance communication, research, reporting, and collaboration skills. Children who have a basic understanding of science are more receptive to new technologies and ideas in the future that can stimulate research, development and businesses.
Geology education teaches children about earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis arming them with knowledge and Earth processes that can protect their health and safety throughout their lives.