By Omema Rizwan
The internet, among many other things, is an abundant and undoubtedly one of the most used and accessible resources for educational learning. Where a hundred years ago, people would go to libraries and juggle information out of heavy, intimidating encyclopedias, today, they only need to type a phrase, or perhaps a single word in the search engine to be bombarded with a flood of information. It is precisely this dam of information which makes the internet an ideal resource, but at the same time, overwhelming. Fishing out information most suitable to one’s needs is a useful skill, and one that people only learn through experience. I’m here to offer some help so that the next time you go on the internet, you know exactly where to look for information! This article will discuss useful resources for Science.
- DISCOVERY #MINDBLOWN
Perhaps one of the most popular television channels regarding science, technology and history is Discovery Channel. It hosts different shows across the broad spectrum of STEM and is an entertaining resource for science. Recently, Discovery Inc. launched its web-series #MINDBLOWN centered around STEM, designed specially for children. This resource is an excellent place to learn science. The website offers videos on different topics such as rainforests, animals and the universe, which can be viewed on YouTube. Additionally, #MINDBLOWN also has games for children to play, making the idea of learning much more fun.
- Young Ocean Explorers
This website incorporates the idea of learning science in a unique way. Centered around the protection of the ocean, it has a plethora of videos available focusing on issues such as plastic waste, marine life, and the role of human beings in endangering the sea life’s habitat. It is an interesting initiative to make children realise the importance of the ocean and how they, as the future generations can preserve it. Interviews from experts around the world are also available, and each video has a map for children to refer to, along with definitions of difficult words used.
- Highlights Kids
Another amazing resource is Highlights Kids. It highlights the most basic questions one can ask, and answers them either in words or videos available through a YouTube channel of the same name. It provokes the curiosity of young learners by e
nticing them to think about simple stuff, like the idea that the sky is blue and cows produce milk, and explains the reasons behinds the why and how of each scenario. It allows children to explore and learn about things they see and encounter daily, making learning relatable and entertaining!
- Hand 2 Mind
This is a distinct resource for learning science in that it offers different products that children can buy to enhance their learning. These include books, toys and materials to conduct fun experiments. The website offers a better variety of subjects such as Math, Art, Science and English. It even narrows down the resources according to grades so that children can learn information more suited to them. The website further delves into different types of sciences such as lab science, life science, physical and earth science etc. It is the perfect place to buy whatever one needs to improve their learning. The only drawback is that since it’s a shopping site, one has to pay, and it also does not ship to Pakistan.
- NASA Kids’ Club
Focused around space and the universe, the website provides a multitude of games, images, activities and videos to help children around the world learn about space. It is particularly interesting because the space is a fascinating area of science, dealing with planets, stars and other heavenly bodies.
Young learners, if you find reading hard and strenuous, then listening to podcasts is a much better alternative. They keep you engaged and listening and learning helps retain knowledge better. Websites such as NASA Kids’ Club and Highlights Kids have a wide variety of podcasts available for learning. Easily accessible, there are numerous podcasts relating to science, discussing a number of topics. Some are as short as five minutes, and you can easily listen to them while doing a chore around the house, or perhaps walking to the park!