Teaching sciences in classrooms must be full of experiments. What you think?

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Author: Roshan Salim      Post Date: 28 Apr 2023        
Adding to what the first author said, I too am having an opinion that teaching sciences in classrooms must involve experiments as they provide students with a hands-on approach to learning. Experiments help students understand scientific concepts better and develop critical thinking skills. As a result, experiments are an essential component of science education and should be incorporated into lesson plans.

For example, when teaching chemistry, students can conduct experiments that involve mixing different chemicals to observe their reactions. This will help students understand the properties of different chemicals and how they interact with each other. Similarly, when teaching physics, students can conduct experiments to study the laws of motion and gravity. These experiments will help students understand complex concepts such as force, acceleration, and energy.

Moreover, experiments can be conducted both in-person and online. In-person experiments provide students with a more immersive and interactive experience, allowing them to manipulate and observe the phenomenon being studied. However, online experiments have become more popular, as they allow students to conduct experiments from anywhere and at any time. Virtual experiments are a great way to engage students who may not have access to a laboratory.

When planning experiments, teachers must ensure that they are safe, age-appropriate, and aligned with the curriculum. Teachers should provide clear instructions and guidelines for conducting the experiment to ensure that students can complete the experiment successfully. Additionally, teachers should encourage students to ask questions, analyse the results, and draw conclusions based on their findings. This will help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

I would like to conclude by saying that incorporating experiments into science education is crucial as it provides students with a hands-on approach to learning. Teachers must plan experiments carefully to ensure they are safe, age-appropriate, and aligned with the curriculum. Experiments can be conducted both in-person and online and should be used to engage students and make learning more memorable. By encouraging students to ask questions and analyse the results, teachers can help students develop critical thinking skills that are essential in science education.
Author: Sankalan Bhattacharya      Post Date: 28 Apr 2023        
Science and experiments go hand in hand and when things are explained through experiments it becomes easier to understand. If it is not fully through experiments at least things should be made clear with the help of diagrams. Though it is not always possible to perform experiments in class while teaching science subjects, one has to find innovative ways to make things clear for the students. For demonstration, teachers can bring accessories into the classroom while discussing a specific topic.

I remember, during my school days, when the teacher was discussing the topic of electricity, he brought a couple of wires, batteries and an electric bulb to show us how electricity flows and how the conductor helps to conduct electricity. After wiring up the batteries and the bulb when it started to emit light the whole class was beaming in excitement. The teacher replaced the wire with threads to help us understand which are conductors of electricity and which are not. Another one was during the explanation of Newton's third law. The teacher called up one of the students and told him to hit the wall lightly with his fist. The student felt an opposite pressure after hitting the wall and this made things clear to the class that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Simply explaining the above two things by drawing up figures will not help the students understand things fully and they will also not feel the excitement of learning.

Lab experiments are to be performed in labs which cannot be done in classrooms but real-life examples can always be provided to students while teaching which helps a lot to understand things.
Author: Drupad Madhavan      Post Date: 29 Apr 2023        
I totally agree with the statement. I remember being so bored during the science periods in my school days, the theory classes would put me to sleep. However, the lab periods were some of the best times. I remember that we actually suggested to our physics sir that we were bored of theory classes and would love to have more experiments. From the next day, he started bringing generic things to class like a bicycle tyre, a tennis ball, a rope, etcetera and would use these simple things to explain the driest of theories! It actually enabled our critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills and in a way enhanced our creativity. For a while, it felt like physics was everywhere and that any and all events could be broken down into simple physics equations!

I then implemented the same school of thought during chemistry classes and this made me see the world through the lens of chemistry. It felt pretty delirious to think about how even the big bang is just a chemical reaction!

Hence I feel that teaching sciences in classrooms must be full of experiments. It is an effective way to teach scientific concepts, develop critical thinking skills, and make learning more engaging. Hence, it is crucial to encourage teachers to incorporate experiments in their lessons and provide students with hands-on learning experiences.
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