How learning science at home can be more fun than you think

Science is as much a subject at school as it is a lens through which we can observe the world around us. The science we study at school is full of symbols, formulae, derivations, and equations. And somewhere in the middle of all that, we tend to forget the simple joy of seeing the scientific method at play. While science experiments at school are a great way of supplementing our understanding from our textbooks, even they are followed by laborious note-taking in laboratory record books. 

Without the pressure of academic performance, home tutoring gives us a chance to truly have fun with science. It might surprise you how many activities at home that you otherwise consider mundane and boring might be bursting with underlying scientific mechanisms. We study science with an academic bent at school. While tutoring ourselves at home, we have the chance to truly exercise our scientific temper. 

Here are some ways in which you can explore science at home:

Think inside the box!

Sometimes, the most obvious things are right in front of our eyes and we miss it. You might be surprised to learn how much science there is to learn in your own homes. The bathroom can be a good place to learn about buoyancy and the Archimedes Principle. Your garden is actually a microbiome waiting to be explored. And the kitchen is a vast collection of acids, alkalis, and salts. Even a simple spoon or a fork is a first-class lever with a defined fulcrum, load and effort if you think about it! You don’t have to venture too far to find an interesting scientific concept at play.

Use Your Resources Well

It’s the information age and you have everything you need at the tip of your fingers. Exploring science at home does not necessarily require a science tutor anymore. There are plenty of fun science channels out there and flagbearers of the field like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson who are constantly finding new and interesting ways to bring science to the masses. You can also use online tutoring platforms like BYJU’S – The Learning App that provides elaborate visual learning materials that make home tutoring easy and fun.

Try Some Fun Experiments

The best part about tutoring yourself at home is the experiments! Watching science live in action strengthens the foundational understanding of the subject. Setting up experiments at home can not only help with this deeper understanding but can also be an endeavour in self-learning where you are your own science tutor! For instance, building your own AC motor at home can help you actually visualise how electromagnetic forces work. It can also enable you to visualise how things scale up when similar batteries are used in electric cars and battery farms. It’s very rewarding to get your hands dirty and see the results in front of your own eyes! You can find a host of experiments that you can try out at home on online tutoring platforms and other science websites.

Don’t Forget to Look Up!

One thing that often gets overlooked when learning science from home is the study of the cosmos. All you need is a balcony or terrace from where you have an unobstructed view of the sky. With a little help online, you can find charts to track the movement of the Sun, the Moon, and some of the inner planets which are visible to the naked eye. Of course, it’s more fun if you have a portable telescope. But even without one, observing the night skies can be an educative as well as a calming endeavour. You could also keep track of the social media accounts of ISRO and NASA to catch updates of rare events like eclipses and meteor showers. 

Being your own science tutor at home can be a whole lot of fun if you approach it with the right spirit. With the help of online tutoring platforms, the wise use of your resources and a healthy amount of curiosity, you can turn your home into your very own not-so-secret laboratory! Just remember to clean up after yourself!

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