The best way to get children interested in any lesson is through a practical example. Benjamin Franklin nailed the theory; “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Tim Peake is perhaps doing more to interest children in science than many other lessons – Although school children aren’t actually floating around in space with him they are enjoying the enthusiasm and variety of practical demonstrations being shown.
Around 300,000 school children in the UK recently had their usual lessons turned into a cosmic classroom as Tim Peake undertook a range of experiments via a satellite link. Not many teachers can claim their classroom is traveling at 17,000mph or be part of an International Space Station. Nor can they claim to be 250 miles above the Earth. Or take a space walk on the wild side!
These facts will intrigue and enhance the learning programme and hopefully spin off into a continuing interest in science and space. The many practical experiments that can be shown in zero gravity will leave lasting memory. The average lesson will seem a little mundane afterwards but any science lesson that cross-refers to the work being completed in space will undoubtedly gain more enthusiasm.