Sangeeta Says: Science Rules!

20 Nov

It does. When you have doubts, look towards Bill Nye the Science Guy. Sangeeta, having a Bachelors in science, has more input on this subject matter. She is a major smarty pants and an awesome journalism buddy.

She Blinded Me With Science!

True, that’s a bit of a biased opinion seeing how I am an unabashed science nerd, but I am still convinced that everyone should find something that interests them in the wide realm of science.

When you were little, don’t you remember all the fun you had figuring out the world around you and asking the question that is the bane of all parents’ existence: why?

If you boil it down to its most basic elements, this is what draws most scientists to their professions: a strong curiosity about the things we encounter on a day to day basis.

Back before science became a big deal, naturalists were the first explorers of the world around them; people who in their spare time observed the world around them and attempted to understand its properties and principles.

Seems simple enough doesn’t it?

Sure, the science experiments we conduct today seem like hopelessly confusing code of terms and equations, but for the most part it’s just a veneer of jargon, and with a little help you too can learn how to crack it!

First, if you haven’t taken science beyond ninth grade, your best bet is to head to a science centre to brush up on some basics.

The best part of any science centre is the hands-on learning experience you get! None of the books, terms and math: just fun, simple displays that get you thinking, exploring and experimenting.

Next, poke through Simple English Wikipedia. Designed for non-native English speakers to understand, the Simple English Wikipedia breaks down subjects in an easy to follow format, with lots of internal hyperlinks to help you out with terminology!

Another great resource are kid-targeted learning channels. You may find them patronizing at first, and peopled with precocious child hosts, but you don’t need to stick with them for too long. Just enough to brush up on the current science topics and trends.

Then it’s a short hop to adult material. PBS’ Nova series is a great way to find a subject that engages you and is short enough to fit into a busy schedule. Plus they have an accompanying site for each show if you find something you want to know more about.

There you have it: the basics of modern scientific literacy, and not a textbook in sight!

Now the next time you come across terms like biodiversity, string theory or polymerization, you’ll know what they mean or where to look!

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