Simple Scientific Tools & Uses for Kids

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Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Discover the many scientific tools that kids can use to investigate the world around them and exercise their curiosity. Learn about a few examples of how to use these tools. See how much you can remember with a quiz.

Science and Kids

Children are born curious. From the first moments of life, they absorb huge amounts of information from the world around them. And that's great, because science is all about curiosity. If we can take the curiosity of kids and channel it into science, they have the potential to do amazing things.

Science is a process that helps those systematically study the world around us by observation and experimentation. The goal of science is to look at the world, ask questions, and then investigate to find answers. The earlier we get kids doing science, and the more we pique their curiosity, the more engaged they'll be in the subject throughout life.

For kids to do science, they need scientific tools. Thankfully, a lot of scientific tools are actually very simple. There are literally dozens of things the kids can use to investigate the world. Kids can use magnifying glasses, thermometers, pH test strips, rulers, tape measures, nets, measuring cups, microscopes, stopwatches, binoculars, telescopes, magnets, weighing scales, and many more tools throughout their scientific inquiry. Lots of companies sell kits full of scientific equipment and experiments for them to do.

Let's go through a few of the ways of this equipment can be used to investigate the world.

Tools for Science

Young biologists love to look at plants and animals. They're alive like humans, but very different. Kids can catch insects in a net and look at them under a magnifying glass, or they can look at leaves under the microscope and see what there is to be discovered. Being able to see things up close really helps you understand them in a new way.

There are kits where kids can test the quality of water from the river and compare it to water from the tap. And, of course, binoculars can be used to see animals at a distance, figuring out what they are and cataloging them in a notebook.

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