8 year old children publish scientific bee study

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8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby Kassad » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:21 am UTC

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/kids-study-bees/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

Great way to interest children in science! They some way to go tho:


“I thought science was just like math, really boring,” he said. “But now I see that it’s actually quite fun. When you’re curious, you can just make up your own experiment, so you can answer the question.”

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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:11 am UTC

Here's the BBC's story about it. I think this is pretty cool, it's a good way of showing children that science isn't just something that happens in multi-million pound facilities, it's something you can do yourself.
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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby KittenKaboodle » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:10 am UTC

Awwww..

But wait,
Misha Lotto, said “I thought science was just like math, really boring,” If you think that you might want to avoid this: http://xkcd.com/435/
and; "A commentary by two scientists, LT Maloney & NH de Ibarra, concluded ... They lack statistical analyses ..."
So kids, while you skated by on cuteness this time, that's not going to work a few years down the road.

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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby sourmìlk » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:58 am UTC

They lack statistical analyses


eh, people can do their own damn maths. The study has interesting data regardless.
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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby mike-l » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:45 pm UTC

sourmìlk wrote:
They lack statistical analyses


eh, people can do their own damn maths. The study has interesting data regardless.


I'll try putting that in my next paper and see how it works out :)

Seriously though, the interesting story is that this was a very unique way for kids to get involved in science, a huge bravo from me! I highly doubt the paper would have come anywhere close to publication if it wasn't written by 8 year olds, but seeing as most people publish papers after thousands of hours of work in their field (between education and research), it's incredibly impressive and will probably have a very positive effect on these kids' future academic careers.
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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:54 pm UTC

Also, keep in mind most journals have a variety of things they include in their weekly/monthly releases. Nature has a lit review section (at least I've seen books reviewed, obviously mostly pertaining to science, but a handful of fiction novels as well).

At the very least, this can get tossed in as a 'check out what some awesome 8 year olds did'.
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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby charolastra » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:18 pm UTC

Adorable. Anything to make science fun- though I hope that can become a sustaining interest. By 8, so many kids already find science inaccessible and intimidating, largely because parents often inadvertently make it a social norm. The longer teachers, parents, etc can put off that intimidation, the better chance the kids have of finding their o

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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

I think if anything, at this age, everyone's sort of a scientist at heart. Kids are curious, and having them associate 'new stuff!!!' with 'science!' is a good thing.
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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby frezik » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:52 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:I think if anything, at this age, everyone's sort of a scientist at heart. Kids are curious, and having them associate 'new stuff!!!' with 'science!' is a good thing.


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Re: 8 year old children publish scientific bee study

Postby Chesley Alpha » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

"We discovered that bumblebees can use a combination of colour and spatial relationships in deciding which colour of flower to forage from," the students wrote in the paper's abstract. "We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before."


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