There are so many ways to make science exciting. Just the other day my eight year old wanted to perform a scientific experiment. He wanted to see what would happen when you dropped eggs on different surfaces.
I confess I was hesitant. But he is real good at convincing people of things. I think he would be a great attorney some day. He pointed out to me that we have three dozen eggs in the fridge and breaking a few wouldn’t be a big deal. I said, “But it is wasteful to just drop and break eggs.” He asked me how much eggs cost.
I said, “ok eggs don’t cost that much. But we will be making such a mess.” I said
“It’s for the sake of science, dad.”
We had a lot of fun “for the sake of science” breaking and dropping eggs on everything and anything that we could think of. I admit I ended up getting into it and I even got carried away. We broke several eggs for the sake of science. I was even surprised by some of the results and conclusions that we came to.
Now when ever my junior scientist/eight year old attorney wants to do an experiment he starts out by making the point that we are doing whatever it is “for the sake of science.”
We have tested to see what things are the stickiest. We have mixed household products in a million ways. We have exploded things. We have tested to see what things burn the best. We have busted pop cans. We emptied a can of foam insulation into a balloon. We used up a whole ream of paper to experiment with the aerodynamics of paper airplanes And we have done it all “for the sake of science.”
Here’s the point. You may have a challenge teaching science but it is more likely that you are having a hard time with the residual consequences like the clean up and having to think up ideas. There are great books out there and once you get the ball rolling most science is unlimited in that it is science.
Whatever the age of your students, they have curiosities. Let the things that they are curios about lead you down the path of what lessons to teach. You will even learn a lot along the way. You will also make a lot of messes and you will probably struggle with how wasteful a project seems.
If you cross those challenges you might just have to remind yourself that “It’s all for the sake of science.