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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