Science Kits and Their Benefits to the Users

Textbooks and reading materials about Science abound bookstore shelves and libraries. However, these resources are not very much preferred by school kids because they find that reading about Science in textbooks is dull though these reading resources are informative as they are. As studies show, more and more children (even adults) still prefer experiential learning.

Thanks to the education and children development experts, learning about Science will never get so boring again.

Science Kits are a teacher’s, parent’s and even school child’s companion in learning more about Science in an informative, but in a fun way. Now, learning about Science will never be so difficult and boring with Science kits. These kits are made to commonly complement the textbooks of most Science classes.

Science Kits are treated as educational toys because it concretely teaches principles in Science, in- depth knowledge about Science and hands- on learning of Science. These kits are widely available in most bookstores, child store, and school supplies shops and even online.

Science kits vary in topics. Topics about human anatomy, animals, plants, the earth, the solar system, the heavenly bodies and a lot more are covered with these Science Kits. They are packed as a kit with actual replica or models of the certain topic.

For example, the topic in class is about volcanic eruption. The usual components of this kit would be an actual small replica of a volcano, batteries to operate the volcano, various buttons with different functions, batteries, instruction guide (manuals) explaining how to use it and a whole lot more.

Science kits are not just created to educate but also to entertain. A lot of its function to informatively entertain users. A good example here is about weather and weather phenomenon. Users can be able to make and create simulation weather and seasons like winter. Snow flakes can be seen going out from a vent. Other kits also include creating equipment for weather mapping such as rain gauge and barometer. Others can have fun by producing lighting and thunder.

One of the most common types of Science kits is the human body kit. This kit will give users a general idea on what the body looks like inside. Most kits shop how major organs like the heart work. Other more specialized is like science kit about the anatomy of the eyes is also available.

More recent ones are Science kits about technology and gadgets. Users are able to experience and see how gadgets are made and how they function.

All of these different types of kits have age range. The simplest are of course applicable to children age three to five. Then there are kits for school children from age six to nine. There are also more complex ones that are designed for older users or students in high school.

Starting Your Computer Science Career

Computer science careers are an excellent choice for those who excel in math. Even though careers are challenging, the rewards are excellent in terms of salary and other perks such as stock options if you work for a multinational corporation such as Microsoft.

Other than high wages, computer science professionals enjoy a comfortable working environment and a stable paycheck is always almost guaranteed even during an economic downturn.

For careers in computer science, there are several options you can choose. The choices are computer engineering, administration or programming. The following are some guidelines on how to start a career in computer science.

  1. A Bachelor degree in computer science is the basic requirement you need in order to pursue a computer science career.
  2. Go for a part-time job or an internship in computer science when you are in college or university. The experiences you gain from these jobs are invaluable later in your careers after you graduate and when you are looking for a full-time computer science position. Some recommended websites for internship and part-time jobs are Internships.com and CollegeGrad.com.
  3. Decide early in your study on the career path that you want to specialize in computer science. Some examples are if you want to focus on certain areas such as computer repair or programming languages such as C or C++. Becoming a network administrator is also one of the options in computer science careers. You will require different work experience and academic qualifications for different jobs in computer science. Therefore, you are recommended to choose the specialization early when you are still in college.
  4. A portfolio of programs is all you need to showcase your software coding skills to the potential employers. For instance, if you want to do Windows programming, design the program in C++ or Visual Basic. If you want to do Internet programming, write the program in JAVA language. Your potential employers will definitely be impressed by the portfolio of programs which showcase your coding skills.
  5. Go for a master degree when you decide to compete for top-level engineering or programming jobs such as a project manager, a system administrator, a program developer, and a research analyst. A software research and development position certainly requires a Master or even a Ph.D. degree in computer science.
  6. Seek help from your college’s or school’s career center. The career center at your school is the best place with a lot of resources that helps you find the right job. Go to online job website such as ITJobs, Dice, and Monster.com which specialize in high technology position especially in computer science jobs.

All in all, computer science careers will prove a challenging yet rewarding career field.

Science – Nurturing curiosity with an “I Wonder…” board

Curiosity is essential to any scientific endeavor. Fortunately, kids are naturally curious about the world around them, and we can easily build upon this foundation. One simple way to nurture this curiosity is to keep track of everyday questions through an “I Wonder…” board.

Our “I Wonder…” board is filled with questions from every member of the family. We post questions whenever we observe something out of the ordinary, or wonder how an everyday item works, or notice previously unnoticed details. Some questions have simple answers which can be found through reading, while others have complicated, or even unknown, answers. Some of these questions might be answerable by doing an experiment.

One key to writing down questions is to not worry about answering them now. The goal is not to come up with great research questions for your next science project (although you may), but to document the topics that peak your family’s curiosity.

Keeping an “I Wonder…” board is also an excellent chance for you, as a parent or teacher, to model the scientific practice of asking questions. When we first started our board, Ben and I would be the ones asking questions and posting them on the board. Then we began to restate the kids’ observations as questions and included them on the board. Now, when they come up with questions, we encourage them to write them down (or narrate to us) and post them. The kids are learning to ask their own questions and seeing the wonder of the world around them.

When the board starts to fill up, we move our post-it notes to a science notebook. I predict that these questions will be a great source for future science projects!

In case you’re wondering, here’s the list of questions on our board pictured above:

  • How do stars shine in the darkness? What are they like?
  • How do spiders cut the web when they are done?
  • Do hot drops of water run faster than cold drops?
  • Is the Angry Birds (a card game with dice) die fair? Does wild come up more often?
  • How many steps do we take a day?
  • Do some birds like muddy birdbaths better than clear ones?
  • Why don’t spiders get stuck in their own webs, but bugs do?
  • Do worms and jellyfish have mouths like other animals?
  • How does the amount of genetic change in plant reproduction compare to human reproduction?
  • Can we build a model of a neuron?
  • If metal utensils can cause a fire when microwaved, how is the inside of the microwave made of metal?
  • If you take all of the iron you eat in your lifetime, how big of an iron bar could you make?
  • Cottonwood trees seem to release more seeds during the daytime than during the nighttime. Is this true? If so, why?
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