Promoting Scientific Literacy Among Children

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JemisonAfrican-American scientist Mae C. Jemison, Ph.D., the first Black woman to go into space, says preventing children from touching bugs, snails and dirt limits their ability to explore their world. Jemison believes. Jemison served as a science mission specialist on NASA?s space shuttle, Endeavour, in 1992. During her space voyage, she conducted experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness. Her mission was to determine if weightlessness affected the migration of cells within the egg.
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Jemison is a powerful advocate for science literacy. She says video games and social networking inhibit children from using the full scope of their imagination. Kids are too centered on themselves. Consequently, the high level of abstract thinking required for children to become successful scientists isn?t developed optimally. Her solution: ?Take the toys and widgets away from children and let them go outside and play for a little while. Young people must go outside and experience the world in a different manner because one cannot understand the world from a computer.?
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