Science. Kids in the United Kingdom (UK) see it as an integral part of success in life. Far from being considered ‘uncool’, two thirds (~60 %) of kids say that they actively like science.
Kids’ top 10 favorite school subjects
1. Science (15%)
2. Physical Education (PE)/Games (14%)
3. English (13%)
4. Maths (12%)
5. Art (10%)
6. Drama (7%)
7. ICT (5%)
8. History (5%)
9. Music (4%)
10. Geography (3%)
‘Interesting’(32%) and ‘exciting’(10%) were the words children most commonly used
to describe the subject. Only 2.5% said it was ‘for geeks’ or ‘uncool’.
Kids like science almost as much as sports and games!
How do we sustain our kids long term interest and engagement in science?
It’s imperative that all of us teachers, parents and communities to support and nurture student passion for science.
How do kids want to experience science?
When kids were asked what would make them more interested in science this is what they said
- 32 percent said said that they wanted lessons to be more relevant to real life
- 31 percent wanted to get the chance to do more of the experiments themselves
- Nine out of ten children said doing experiences to learn about the science behind everyday items like shampoo and mobile phones would really inspire their interest in the subject.
These responses motivated the new L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre, recently launched at the Royal Institution in London. The center will enable students to explore and learn about science, unconstrained by the normal restrictions of a school laboratory and timetable. Children attending the Centre will participate in experiments which relate to their daily experiences such as making shampoo and refining sugar.
Grita Loebsack, Managing Director, L’Oréal UK and Ireland, said, “Science is at the heart of our business, the DNA of what we do. L’Oréal was founded over a century ago by a chemist and today we remain the leading researcher in the cosmetics industry. Investing in the next generation of scientists is not only vital for our company’s future, but for all our futures. We rely on science for everything from our morning shower, to our transport to work and communicating with friends and family. By making science relevant to everyday life, we hope the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre will inspire even more young people about the subject and hopefully encourage them to consider careers in science.”
For more information about the centre or for teachers who would like to book a session for their school, visit www.rigb.org/ysc
The survey of 2,000 children aged between 5 and 18 was conducted by online market research site www.OnePoll.com between the 3rd and 11th September 2009, with the demographic breakdowns being representative of the UK population. iEstimate based on Skills for Business’s report Working Futures 2004-2014
About the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre
The Royal Institution and L’Oréal are collaborating on a new laboratory facility at the Royal Institution in central London, which provides children aged seven to 18 and their teachers with an interactive, experimental space in which to explore science. The centre aims to promote curiosity and investigation-led learning as well as offering access to advanced technology and experiments outside of the normal school remit. www.rigb.org/ysc
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