Teaching Science In Everyday Life

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism is a change o...

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism is a change of a nucleotide at a single base-pair location on DNA. Created using Inkscape v0.45.1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always been a nerd. Ever since I was a kid I was always curious about how thinks worked or why things are the way they are. I was lucky enough to have a family and teachers who supported my interests and made science really fun for me.

Now that I’m a parent, I realize that this isn’t the case for most schools. A lot of people are still intimidated by science and math. And as much as I respect science and math teachers, I know a lot of them are having a hard time relating these concepts into everyday life or how to make science more accessible or easier to understand.

 

 

 

“(When reporting about science,) you should be able to explain it to your mom.”

—Dr. Michael Purugganan
NYU Dean of Science
Professor of Genomics

I’m not a good teacher but I know I can explain science my writing. That’s because I love how science works in our day to day lives. And you would be surprised at how a lot of the complicated science concepts out there can easily be explained by the simple things we encounter everyday.

This is something we need, more than ever, in science education. We, as parents and primary educators should try to see life and nature through child like eyes and find ways to be excited again with the prospect of discovering something new. I know a lot of us have lost this child-like wonder and curiosity along the way because of the drudgery of everyday life. But how can we get our kids excited by learning if we ourselves have given up the desire to learn something new.

I’d like to do my share in helping make science more accessible. And here’s my attempt in explaining how SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms can help Filipinos trace their ancestry give us an insight into our identity as a race. And I did that by using adobo. Enjoy!

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