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Heroes of Science – Episode 14

Acknowledge that kids are natural scientists. 

I think the unsung heroes of science are definitely the teachers in primary school and also the mums and dads who are kind of into science themselves.  You know they say that children are natural scientists, they always test things, the terrible twos are always testing your patience and testing the limits of things, and when they're younger they’re testing their hands and objects and the connections between cause and effect and I think it’s up to parents and primary school teachers to constantly challenge kids and get them to ask questions instead of telling kids what to do, tell them to ask questions why and why it’s a good or bad thing.  I think that the first step to have people have a scientific appreciation is to acknowledge that kids are natural scientists and really encourage their curiosity, much like I was when I saw The Curiosity Show when I was a little kid many years ago.