Issue #17 – Painting the Scientific Picture

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It can be difficult to understand when being taught new material. Through the use of art, subjects such as science can be easier to comprehend. Visual aids, music, and the media can all be useful tools to help paint the scientific picture.

Education through Visual Aid

Visual aids are models or images that relate to the presentation. They assist with the learning process because the concepts or ideas are no longer simply words-but words plus images. They can help people absorb the information.

When creating a visual aid, it is better to have an artistic approach as the more creative and unique the image or model is, the more intrigued the audience will be.

Education through Music

The use of music during education stimulates an increased memory. For example, the song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” helps children remember the basic anatomy of the human body. The song is fun and catchy, making the learning process more interesting.

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The Periodic Table Song – This song was created to help remember all of the elements on the periodic table. It can be quite the tongue twister, but is fun to learn and will impress an audience.

Education through Media

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Studies have shown that children spend about 28 hours per week, or four hours a day, watching television. During that time, programs such as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman’s World, and Myth Busters will engage both children and adults, helping them to learn about science. The use of humor and demonstrations create a relationship between the viewer and the program.

Magic School Bus

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a cartoon that aired on PBS that payed the way for visual interaction for science educational shows.

Brain Pop

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A website that creates an interactive experience using cartoons, drawings, games, and quizzes.

Discovery Kids

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A website and television cable channel that focuses its attention to science related material.

Schoolhouse Rock

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These fun and high-energy songs will teach a new generation of fans all about recycling, biodiversity, solar energy, etc.

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