The Sci-Teks Discovery Program for Kids is the concept of Lindy Hall, and focuses on beneficial things we can do as adults to improve the circumstances for the next generation. We are interested in the growth and well-being of kids. We have taken the same help and positive interactions we are individually known for -- and have provided informally for forty years, and are now organized as a not-for-profit LLC. This new and more formal organizational status seems appropriate in these challenging times, where the rapidly increasing crisis in the world of kids is producing anger and unhappiness for parents, teachers, and the rest of the community that shares our view that children are the principal resource of any nation. And for us Americans, it's not going so well any more, due to many factors. Some of these were introduced in order to identify schools that didn't meet some apparently objective standards. But we believe that that enthusiasm and rewards can better change behaviors, more favorably and more effectively. It is hard to enlist Hearts and Minds by pure force.
Teachers and Grandparents know that early and continuing investment in
the knowledge and experience base of young people has the possibility -
even expectation - of changing these life-courses for the better. Jan
Hall also has had some recent experiences that focuses his energy also
on the students.
In the brief time after the Nobel Prize is
announced, Nobel Week occurs and some months afterward, it is generally
assumed that a Laureate will identify causes of personal importance, and
speak out about them. Loss of interest for math and science in public
education as shown by declining test scores helps focus my action. How
can it possibly be that stuff that was an incredible joy for me to learn
about now holds no charm for the "modern" students? Probably one part
is the absence of experience-based learning - "learn by doing" is what
they called it.
the numerous invitations that come in, many involve students and site
visits to schools. After giving general talks, I wanted to create opportunities
for follow up. So my wife and I have developed the Sci-Teks program, which offers a series of easy activities for
hands-on exploration at different grade levels using kids' toys to
demonstrate science principles and generate interest. Rather than watching an
adult present a formal lesson, all students are (briefly)
guided before using the equipment for the full time. In October, 2007, we started doing twice
a month lunchtime workshops at a middle school in Arvada, CO
and have been delighted to see kids having fun and asking lots of
higher level questions. We can now present our more fully developed program, giving more coverage at elementary grades.
The section on School Outreach lists the current hands-on activities we bring to a school classroom -- with more coming soon.
Lindy Hall (Media Specialist) John L Hall (Physics Laureate 2005)