"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." -Carl Sagan
Quite rarely as beloved as physical education, the arts, and languages, science and technology subjects have a bad rep for being too complicated in comparison to other topics. Is that even true? While it is correct that sciences require more brainpower than playing football in a gymnasium, science can be a fascinating subject studied during one's formative years.
Also, as a way to encourage youngsters all over the world to develop a passion for science and tech, UNESCO established World Science Day for Peace and Development that has been celebrated globally every year on November 10 since 2002.
Through World Science Day, students of all ages develop an appreciation for scientific matters, and that is increasingly important as we glide through the 21st century.
The purpose of today's article is to educate parents and educators about activities that can be celebrated at a primary school level for World Science Day across the United Kingdom.
Ideas for World Science Day Activities
While we are sure that most creative and well-meaning educators will have plenty of ideas for activities on World Science Day, it doesn't hurt to get some suggestions at times.
Hence, we shall consider four brilliant World Science Day for Peace and Development activities that can be done on November 10.
"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." -Oscar Wilde.
Art has a profound impact on people, and even the most critical naysayers can join forces when touched by a piece of art. Children love to express themselves through art projects such as paintings or drawings. Therefore, to celebrate World Science Day on November 10, why not ask primary school students to draw a picture of what science and technology mean to them?
After their illustration has been completed, teachers may ask willing pupils to explain the meaning of their art in front of the classroom.
Who doesn't love leaving school grounds and going on a field trip with their classmates? Field trips are some of the best memories of primary school since they show youngsters that learning is also done outside of the traditional classroom.
I vividly remember my seventh-grade homeroom teacher took us to the Montreal Science Centre to watch a documentary about space and explore the museum that highlighted scientific topics. It was fantastic, and I probably learnt more from that field trip than an entire year of science classes. Are you taking note, teachers?
Consequently, for World Science Day on November 10, educators should seek school approval to visit a museum or science-based centre for the entire day or half a day if you have other science activities planned.
The following are some of the best places to participate in a World Science Day field trip:
- Your local Science Museum
- your nearest National Space Centre
- the planetarium
- does you city have a Science Centre?
- your community garden,
- waste management/recycling plant.
Check out the professional websites of all the previously mentioned locations to make an educated decision as to where you will attend World Science Day. The primary problem you'll have is selecting only one museum to visit; they're all so good!
Additionally, it's worth stating that during these uncertain times with COVID-19, some science museums may not be open regularly. Be sure to call ahead of time to see if a group of young students would be allowed to attend.
There is no secret about the fact that young students love to play games in and outside the academic classroom. So, when planning in the weeks leading up to November 10, educators are wise to prepare World Science Day games since youngsters are more likely to assimilate scientific information topics though games.
Also, by the use of games, all youngsters associate fun with anything that has to do with science & technology. Also, playing games helps struggling students recognise that the homeroom is a lively place where beautiful memories can be made and not a torture chamber like some have previously thought!
Nonetheless, what are some game suggestions to play in the primary classroom for World Science Day for Peace and Development? The following list boasts a few tips:
- Computer Games: since elementary level children love electronics; teachers should surf the internet carefully to select a few science games that can be played in groups/teams and that are from reputable websites.
- Outdoors Science Games: a great reference from plt.org has fantastic game ideas for teachers who want to spend time outside the classroom with their students. Such as? Web of Life, Ecosystem Word Association, and Nature's Bingo. All of them more fun than the last!
- Homemade Science Games: are you a creative science teacher who is continually looking for opportunities to make science fun? Well, now is your time to shine! Homemade science games that require only a few things like paper, pens, etc. are a great hit amongst elementary school students. Try science bingo, a game of "Guess Who?", a matching quest, charades, or science hangman.
Science can be explosive; no but for real when some elements are mixed, they can blow each other up! And, nothing gets youngsters more involved in science than seeing and participating in scientific experiments. Therefore, for World Science Day, it is highly recommended to conduct the following experiments:
- Creating a Lava Lamp,
- Orange Fizz Eruption,
- Homemade Play Dough,
- Making a Volcano,
- Sizzlin' Snowballs,
- Jello Lenses,
- Squishy Turkeys.
All of the previously mentioned activities/experiments are suitable for elementary level kids and can be found in more detail at sciencefun.org. We recommend that no child be left behind and that teachers should work hard to incorporate the interests of all students in group activities such as experiments.
Scheduling Events and Activities for World Science Day
After considering all the suggested activities for World Science Day for Peace and Development at an elementary school level, teachers are wise to create a schedule with specific events at planned times throughout the day. Why? Because if not carefully organised, the events of World Science Day can quickly muddle together and not be viewed by students as something unique or different.
Consequently, to avoid missing out on all the fun, the following is a sample schedule for World Science Day for elementary children:
- 8:30: explain the events of World Science Day and get ready for leaving for the museum,
- 8:45: leave for the museum or science centre,
- 9:15: arrive at World Science Day location,
- 9:15-11:45: enjoy the museum or science centre,
- 12:00pm: get back to school for lunch.
- 1:00-1:30: play computer science games and one homemade game,
- 1:30-2:30: conduct a science experiment as a class.
- 2:45: conclude World Science Day as kids get ready to go home.
Bear in mind that the previous schedule is but an example of how the day can be planned. Approval from parents, the school, and time restrictions must be taken into consideration when planning World Science Day. A suggestion to get students prepared for November 1o the day before is to give them the homework assignment of drawing a science-based picture.
Despite everything, the most important thing to remember is that World Science Day should be a fun day filled with wonder and exploration to make science an unforgettable topic for youngsters.
Tips to Make Primary School Level Topics Interesting
Some of the activities to engage students in a specific academic discipline are mind-numbing for educators who try to put on a show and go to great lengths to make things interesting. Songs, games, fun outfits, mascots; teachers who want their pupils to succeed with sincerely attempt everything!
But, sometimes, even despite the efforts of the teacher, students may find the projects boring. Therefore, the question arises: what are some tips to make primary school projects entertaining for the teacher and student alike?
Have no fear, Superprof is here to save the day with the following tips and tricks about how to make activities about science, and all other subjects, engaging:
- Utilise Electronics: in today's digital age, more and more youngsters prefer learning new concepts through the use of electronic devices such as tablets, smartboards, and cellular phones. Therefore, to add a little sparkle to any subject, educators should use electronics. Consider watching videos, correcting homework together on the Smartboard, or listen to the audio version of a portion from a textbook. By using a variety of technology, you'll make science much more fun for youngsters.
- Get Out of the Classroom: while the academic classroom is a haven for some, other young ones are very active and would much prefer learning outside; so, put on your coats and get some fresh air! For some academic disciplines, going out might not be the best choice, but for science, it's a match made in heaven. Educators can demonstrate to their pupils' specific aspects of biology such as photosynthesis, precipitation, and evaporation. Also, why not plan a field trip or not to get students excited about learning?
- Don't Be a Stick in the Mud: students are more likely to respond to someone they can connect with and have fun with rather than an old grump who barely smiles! So, don't mistake importance with seriousness. Educators are aware that primary school education is primordial; however, that doesn't mean classes shouldn't be amusing at the same time. Therefore, make lessons interactive, laugh, sing, and even dance if it is relevant to the subject at hand.
All of the previously mentioned suggestions should be applied to science class tom create positive learning experiences for both the young students and their educators. Because remember, a world where all individuals are invested in the advancements of science and technology means a brighter tomorrow.
In conclusion, we sincerely hope that all of the information provided in today's article will help all those involved create fantastic World Science Day activities that everyone can joy together and celebrate the importance of science and technology.