State of Science Literacy – Part 3 – Human Capacity for Early Learning

Early exposure to scientific language and concepts, reinforced with new detail as children grow, will better position our youth to successfully embrace science in school.

 

Let’s talk about children’s astounding brains!  In previous articles, we discussed the disappointingly average scores in U.S. secondary science compared with other nations,  and the impact of that poor performance on U.S. industry and innovation.  The U.S. needs to add a new approach.  In order to create a foundation for science, leading to stronger U.S. science scores and increased innovation, Jumbo Minds believes the language of science should be introduced to young children during their explosive brain growth period.

Toddlers learning science?  While a new concept, it is both possible and powerful.  An early introduction to science terms allows the brain to easily attach associated concepts later.  In this article we’ll talk about the human capacity for early learning, the best time to learn language, and apply that to the language of science. Read more

State of Science Literacy – Part 2 – Significance of Low Science Literacy in the U.S.

Americans recognize the profound need to focus on science education.  Actually, 97% of voters believe that, “improving the quality of science education is important to the United States’ ability to compete globally.”  (Something we can ALL agree on!)  Early science education is crucial not only to understanding the world around us, but also to create a foundation for those who pursue college science and engineering degrees.  After all, these graduates supply the U.S. workforce, supporting our economy and leading to innovation.

In Part 1 of our State of Science Literacy series, we discussed that the U.S. has disappointingly average science scores in public secondary (grades 6-12) schools compared with other developed nations.   In this article, we’ll discuss the significance of low science literacy in the U.S. Read more

State of U.S. Science Literacy – Part 1 – Global Standing [Yikes]

Hello!  Things have been busy in the Jumbo Minds world – we thought it would be a good time to chat about why we do what we do.

Jumbo Minds developed when my sister and I wanted a way to share our love of science with our toddlers.  We realized two things:

  1. There aren’t many books that introduce science to children in an easy, straightforward way.
  2. Science literacy is low in the U.S. – how can we expect the majority of kids to embrace science if the majority of adults are inhibited by science?

In these next few blogs, we’ll explore America’s global standing in science education, the impact of that on industry and innovation, the capacity of the human brain in early learning, and out of the box ideas that can be agents of change.

When you compare America’s scientific education with other countries, where do you think the U.S. ranks? Read more

What is Pictured? Hoarfrost or Rime Ice?

While winter may cause people in the north to endure exceptionally tough conditions at times, this season also provides an untouchable beauty. After a night of temperatures that reached below 0F, I quickly fed some frosty animals on my farm and tried to ignore the biting sting in my fingers; then, I stopped in awe! I hadn’t noticed the astonishing wonderland that surrounded me. Throughout the night, crystals had formed all over the farm. The trees were caked in sparkling beauty and there were fan-shaped crystals covering sticks and objects on the ground below. As painful as my fingers were, I took out my camera and took some pictures of these crystals and the stunning white paradise.

Frost4

 

How do these crystals form and what causes them?

I figured these crystals were some kind of frost but I had to do some research to be sure!

From what I read, the crystals pictured are either hoarfrost (a type of frost) or rime ice.

Read more

Endless Discoveries

Do you know what I love about science?  It is the ENDLESS discovery; the excitement of finding something really cool and learning along the way!

This summer while hiking with my daughters, we came across this pink and fuzzy THING on an oak leaf.

GallWasp

I had NO idea what it was!  caterpillar, no….fungus, no, ….disease, no!  I couldn’t figure it out.  We saved the mysterious object in the refrigerator and, off and on for weeks, we searched online trying to solve the mystery. Read more

Welcome to Jumbo Minds!

Introducing Jumbo Minds!

The Jumbo Minds founders love – love – love science! My sister and I graduated from college with a biology major and chemistry minor, and my sister also taught science and math in elementary, middle, and high school. One day, while on vacation, she and I were talking about how to share this love with our children. Read more