Science & Technology

Science and youth shape the future

By Maria Sharpe
Pasadena Academy
Pasadena, Newfoundland

What is science? Science is the knowledge and understanding of nature. It is the continuous search for knowledge about how things behave under different conditions, and why. With this knowledge, the scientist seeks to improve man's living conditions. Thus, science has made possible such things as polio vaccine, satellites, television, faster-than-sound jets and atomic power. Science means knowledge that has been gathered and checked by careful investigation.

It is this same careful investigation or research that makes it possible to flick a switch and light up a room - or turn a dial and enjoy TV or radio entertainment. Scientists are knocking on a door of planetary conquest, an achievement that will be the offspring of truth-seeking research. Science begins with curiosity and this curiosity is the characteristic built in scientists that have discovered the things that make everyday easier. It is important for the government to know how well students are doing with science in school because not only are we the future, but science is as well.

"Splat with the Newfoundland Science Centre" is a television show that teaches kids as well as adults that science education that is important and interesting. They teach scientific principles a fun and interesting way as I enjoy to watch it. They review physical science as well as chemistry in a fun way. They use paints and familiar products to conduct experiments that enables to easily demonstrate science. It is important to see science to understand it. By allowing kids to experience science themselves, it increases interest and love for science as they are seeing and doing as well as learning science, an important skill for their future.

Science is not only fun for the youth, but also for adults, on a larger scale. Scientists value their work because it is personally satisfying and because scientific advances can benefit society. Many people choose science as a career because it offers them an exciting challenge. Making an outstanding scientific discovery can bring international fame, wealth and important awards like the Nobel Prize. Alfred Nobel (1833-1896).

Why study science? We get up in the morning and wash with water that has been scientifically treated and purified. Pressure forces heated water from the tap. We use electric lights and enjoy the comforts of a heated home. During the day, we use machines that simplify tasks of daffy life. We live in an age of electronic computers, mechanical "brains," miracle drugs and guided missiles. All of these advances affect our daily lives. Science plays an important role in nearly everything we do. Our modern world depends on telephones, electricity, cars and countless other scientific discoveries and inventions. Millions of lives have been saved by drugs such as penicillin and the smallpox vaccine.

But, some people hold science responsible for worldwide disasters like the atomic bomb, pollution and the thinning of the ozone. Politicians, economists, scientists and other social planners must jointly decide how experiments such as setting up reactions in a nuclear reactor or trying to correct baby's inherited defects are going to affect society.

Hospital technicians examining blood samples, mathematicians about the origins of the universe, the botanist collecting rare plant specimens and the chemist developing new type of food flavouring are all scientists who share belief in studying the world to discover how it works and to find ways to improve lives. Studying science helps you to become a better citizen. Your town may have to decide on problems about roads, civil defense measures, parks, airports, sewage disposal or the water supply. Only if you have learned some principles of science can you help decide these problems wisely. Science is important in the international market and the welfare of our country depends upon wise decisions by well-informed citizens.

It is important for the government to know how well students are doing in science because if Canadian school students are not up to the national or global science education level, the government and department of education must determine how to improve science education in our schools so that we can be well equipped and have equal opportunities as other Canadian students or students around the world. Science is important in the growth of our future as it is essential and we must be well educated in the science field as science has become more and more important in the development of our future.

Science is important to our everyday life. We use it in everything we do.

Computers are becoming the way of the future and even they are a science in themselves. The youth of today are the key to the future and we must strive for higher learning and appropriate education so that we will ameliorate our life, as well obtain immense opportunities in the innovative, technological and fast paced work force. Science is fun and important and our lifestyle depends on it.