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Science is a part of our daily life, and understanding it can help kids and adults appreciate and relate to the world around them. Science teaches us how to make observations, collect information and to use logical thinking to draw a conclusion.
Jim Swingle at Okanagan Science Centre ensures that science education fuels curiosity early in life and provides children with valuable ideas, skills, and potential future career choices.
“There is such an emphasis on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and we want to make sure the children and youth of the Okanagan are inspired and educated to fully participate in this growing science and technology economy,“ he says. “Many of the problems that face society have a basis in science. We want children and their families to be participants in having the increasingly science-based discussions—and in finding the solution to science-based issues—now and in the future.”
Three reasons to expose children to science early in life:
1. Science creates a sense of wonder and exploration when interacting with the world.
2. It prepares children to fully participate in the science-based job market of the present and particularly the future.
3. It sets a child on the path to becoming a science-literate citizen, fully capable of discussing and addressing the key issues she and her community will face when she reaches adulthood.
The Okanagan Science Centre’s new exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, offers a fun, interactive, and science-based look at a time when giant creatures roamed the earth millions of years ago. The exhibit offers Animatronic Dinosaurs, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur fossils, a “dig table” where children can become palaeontologists, and other interactive experiences. It offers roaring, moving, “living” dinosaurs that will appeal to everyone, including the youngest child, as well deeper background information on the evolving science of dinosaurs of interest to older children and adults.
Many of the challenges we face as a society are not new—they are different forms of recurring challenges. Like us, past societies have dealt with running low on a key resource or not sustaining aspects of their environment. It is invaluable to know that history—what worked, what didn’t—when dealing with the issues facing us today, says Swingle. The Okanagan Science Centre inspires adult and children to examine the world—past and present—long after they leave the exhibit.
The Okanagan Science Centre encourages adults and children to examine the world – past and present – long after they leave the exhibit. For more information, visit okscience.ca