We feel it is important to spark the imagination of children at an early age. We believe making science fun at primary school and challenging the negative stereotype of scientists can make a big difference. Art is a fun and simple way to engage and enthuse children who normally find science difficult or dull.
Having entertaining science lessons at primary school can have a lifelong effect. Here are comments from two leading neuroscientists on how their interest in science began:-
“While I didn’t go to a particularly good primary or secondary school in America, what was important was they were willing to give me a tremendous amount of freedom. I remember in my fourth grade (when I was nine) there were a few of us who were especially interested, and the teacher allowed us to build a laboratory in class. Every week we would have an experiment - these events included watching the table catch fire - that’s when I learned how sulphur burns! But what was important was the curriculum was adapted to our enthusiasms and the teachers were wise enough to somehow manage to keep the class going in a direction that met requirements but at the same time gave great freedom.”– Professor Paul Matthews
“It goes right back to primary school. I must have been about ten and did a project on Biology. Our teacher set a project on Biology which I found really interesting. Whether I associated that project with feeling happy working in that class, as she’d let you do lots of drawing and painting, I don’t know but that’s when I got fascinated. I then went to secondary school and my chemistry and physics teachers were really inspirational teachers and that just kindled my interest in science. At that point I had no doubt that I wanted to continue in science.” - Professor Graham Collingridge
Our latest projects: We are developing a project to research how well art activities or aids such as cartoons can contribute to learning.