The Value of Learning Science
Beyond the potential scientific breakthroughs, there are individual benefits to learning science, such as developing our ability to ask questions, collect information, organize and test our ideas, solve problems, and apply what we learn. Even more, science offers a powerful platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us—a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.*
Science also involves a lot of communication with other people and develops patience and perseverance in children. Finding answers to their countless “why” questions pushes children to research and form their own opinions instead of taking others’ for granted. While it’s easy to go along with another child’s answer or pull out a smartphone and do a quick internet search to know why the leaves fall from the trees, a healthy dose of skepticism can take children farther as they explore the world around them and tackle some of its challenging questions.