The subject is one that might not have always been the favorite, but there would always be something amazing to be discovered when it was time to go to Science class. Looking at it from a different perspective is something that makes it easy for anyone to get “Hooked on Science.”
Jason Lindsey has had a love of science for as long as he can remember. “My parents allowed me to ask questions, encouraged curiosity and helped me become a master observer,” he says. Lindsey has created a name for himself as the area’s go-to guy for all things science. Studying science and journalism at Western Kentucky University, Lindsey focused on general science with an emphasis in meteorology and climatology. Beginning with creating a volcano in his parent’s living room to the amazing feats he showcases on local television, Lindsey is always striving to absorb more knowledge. “Scientists don’t even have all the answers, that’s why we do research.”
“The best part of my job is seeing a child’s reaction to a wowing science experiment. Their face tells the story.”
Through educational outreach and hosting birthday parties that provide entertainment and education, Lindsey is a constant proponent for education. “Students are tested in science during the 4th and 7th grade and, in most cases, they do not receive a good “dose” until they reach those grades. It is so important for parents to take an active role beyond the classroom.”
Lindsey reminds parents to:
· Make it Fun – Children develop a “love” for science or a “hate” for science depending on how it is taught at an early age. Make science fun and teach science hands-on.
· Emphasize Inquiry – Children are naturally curious and constantly exploring the world around them. Encourage questions and remind children they can get answers to those questions by using the scientific method.
· Do NOT Dumb it Down – Do NOT underestimate what a child can learn. Research shows a child’s brain can soak up information like a sponge.
Science is everywhere and while that is common knowledge to most, getting down and dirty and really exploring is something that can be lost with age. Lindsey continues to use science in all areas of his life, especially the scientific method. “It is basically a series of steps that helps scientists answer questions they might have about the world around them. It starts with a question, then you create a hypothesis, then you do the experiment, then you collect data, then you conclude your experiment. The scientific method can be used to help you answer the tough questions we all encounter in life. Bottom line, science is everywhere!”
Education is undoubtedly at the forefront of any parent’s mind and all facets carry varying weights of importance. One thing is clear: the need for a well-rounded understanding of all subjects will always give future generations a head start.
Lindsey is doing his part to make sure science is available to all kids. When asked what experiment Lindsey would conduct if cost, location, or feasibility were not an issue, he replied, “I would love to make it rain soda in downtown Paducah. I recently set this world record in Missouri. We added mentos to soda, which causes the soda to shoot up to 30 feet in the air. In Missouri, more than 1000 folks took part in the world record. It would be great to set a world record in downtown Paducah.”
Let’s go for it!