Creating Citizen Scientists

IMG_2035Children are born natural scientists with an insatiable thirst for information. The evidence of this is abundant from infancy to age three where exploration often involves tasting or touching just about everything; this is expanded upon by the ages of inquiry where children try to make sense of their natural world through excessive use of one of the most wonderful words in the English language: why.

All parents know this is true about their children in the early years, but what happens to this innate curiosity as they trudge through the years of a standardized education? Is the traditional school setting to blame? Is it curriculum? Is it a society that at times seems to have devalued intellectualism—a society that often doesn’t seem to pay enough attention to science?

A main goal of Mack-Boulder is to support a school culture where it’s not just okay to be smart and scientific, it’s cool. Charlie Warren, Mack-Boulder’s Science Specialist with his Ph.D in science education, and all Mack teachers are all about nurturing that innate curiosity in the students and  also dedicated to helping them develop scientific literacy.

Mack-Boulder students get the opportunity to keep asking “Why?” while learning and developing the skills to answer their own questions. And in keeping with the Global Action piece of Mackintosh Academy’s credo, the school’s goal is to inspire its students to take their scientific literacy out into the wider community as “citizen scientists” who feel a moral obligation to use science to improve our world.

 

Please join us for upcoming Mack-Boulder Parent Education events:

 

Charlie Warren’s “Creating Citizen Scientists”

April 21st, 6:30-8pm

 

Creating Scientists: Girls Workshop

Allison Barto and others TBA

May 7th, 1-3 pm