mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Brookline Patch Column: Stop! In the Name of Science!

As folks know, gnomi and I are very interested in science. Nomi's background is in Linguistics, and mine is in Physics. I've done scientific research, and there was a time in my life when I thought I would become a research physicist. Instead, I spent many years as a teacher of science, and currently I edit science curriculum materials for middle school and high school students.

In today's The Brookline Parent column for Brookline Patch, Nomi discusses some of what we've been doing to get our kids interested in science.

The fact is that children, being explorers of a world that is still new to them, are natural scientists. Nomi has written before about how Muffin and Squeaker are constantly asking "how" and "why"; they want to know how the world works and why it works that way.

A recent incident prompted Nomi to help Muffin and Squeaker set up what is in all likelihood their very first science experiment. Although we're not necessarily following all the steps of scientific inquiry as closely as we might, if you go read Stop! In the Name of Science! you'll see that Muffin has already developed a hypothesis or two to test. As Nomi points out, we're hoping to keep the girls interested in science pretty much for the rest of their lives.

Again, that link is Stop! In the Name of Science! There's even a picture of their first experiment.

Tags: brookline, family, patch, science

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