Teaching children the science of discovery
Faculty of Education associate professor Diane Lawrence equates learning about science with learning about the world itself.
“Science is really about understanding how the world works,” says Professor Lawrence. “Science is all around us, and it really is fascinating to find out why things are the way they are and discover how those pieces fit together.”
With that in mind, Queen’s Faculty of Education is set to host the 22nd annual Science Discovery Day, an opportunity for young people to explore a variety of science and technology topics in a hands-on way. Topics are selected according to Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines, and include everything from plants and habitats to matter and energy.
“It’s engaging and fun,” says Professor Lawrence. “It truly is a discovery day, and I think the children and their parents come to it because it’s a day where children know that they are the stars and they are the ones who are going to get to do the activities.”
The day is also a learning experience for Queen’s teacher candidates, who get to organize material appropriate for young children and see for themselves how children best learn science.
Parents and children from the Queen’s and Kingston communities are welcome to attend Science Discovery Day. Admission and parking are free, and no advance registration is required. For event details visit the Queen’s events calendar.