Daily Archives: Thursday, 4th Jun 2009

Making Science Fun

I have to thank Bob[1] for pointing me at this article:

Is Science As Important As Football?

It’s an excellent piece on how science education in schools has had all the fun taken out of it by pretty much banning any live demonstrations or experiments that could conceivably be dangerous, and contrasts this with how it’s apparently considered an acceptable risk for kids to be injured playing sports. Good stuff – I remember good stuff from school, such as showing what happens when you drop sodium into water, and seeing someone’s hair stand on end thanks to a Van de Graff generator. As Theodore Gray writes, it’s not surprising kids are growing up wanting to be accountants when science is made to be so dull.

[1] Hi Bob!

One Small Step Revisited

A few years back, I mentioned a report that somebody had analysed the recording of Neil Armstrong‘s famous “One small step….” and concluded that he hadn’t missed out the “a” after all. Well, that was cool.

So it’s no surprise that a further analysis reported by BBC News proves with equal levels of confidence that he did miss out the “a”, so there.

Stay tuned for the next analysis which will no doubt prove that he actually sang “We’re off to see the wizard” while doing the can-can. Or something.