Free Innovative Reading Program
Why Read 1,000 Science Stories?
We believe students should read 1000 science stories because they are our future decision makers, and that politicians need to read 1000 science stories because they are our current decision makers. As they read science, they will pick up an amazing amount of useful knowledge, while laying down the neural pathways to use science throughout their life. If this happens, the future of human decision making will be bright!
What is 6-Minute Science?
6-Minute Science is a revolutionary new way to learn science that provides students with a broad foundation of scientific knowledge by encouraging them to read hundreds of short science stories. ScienceHeroes.com presents three new science stories a day to be read, as well as offering numerous other science stories throughout the website. We count the number of science stories each member reads and provide awards beginning with 100.
It is modeled on how the brain functions. Studies have shown that even toddlers as young as 14 months learn best in small chunks. Consider your phone number. It is a lot easier to remember with a dash in it (123-7654) than without one (1237654). Other studies have shown that students remember best the information conveyed in the first few minutes of a classroom lecture. Believing that almost everything learned comes in six minute time spurts or less, we deliver science information in just these short spurts.
Reasons 6-Minute Science Works
1) Recent research shows that the brain is elastic - it changes, so it can be enhanced. Both sports and the arts have long trained muscles and the brain by using daily practice. We seek to train the brain in science by exercising it daily.
2) A large part of intelligence is due to a feedback loop based on curiosity. The most curious people seek out more information, which makes them more curious, which makes them seek out more information. Iterated through time they become highly intelligent. Curiosity is not exclusively a genetic trait. A student receiving new and interesting information can train their brain to become more curious. For this reason the old method of teaching one subject at a time, with more and more specificity, is not the best approach. A broad swath of information should be given to students until they find something that piques their interest, and only then should study become in-depth.
3) Daily learning is necessary to become proficient in a field of study. To be an expert in a field requires extended work as much as intelligence. Recent academic studies have shown that the common trait experts have in a wide range of fields, from musicians to chess players, is thousands of hours of practice (known as the 10,000 hour rule). The same benefit occurs from reading 1,000 science stories.
4) Daily reading increases vocabulary. Science has its own special vocabulary. A student who begins studying a subject by memorizing vocabulary words (or math symbols) rapidly becomes disinterested and never gets into a subject. However, if the vocabulary words are added over time, as a byproduct of compelling stories, they are picked up without conscious effort as the brain explores more and more about a subject.
5) Most great scientific discoveries are due to creativity, so creativity should be a goal of science education. One proven method of creativity is cross-field analogy. A scientist in one field often uses something from another field to make a new discovery. Our broad presentation of science allows for plenty of analogies.
6) Finally, diverse rewards are widely used to encourage training in the arts and sports. In science, too often the awards are based on tests or proficiency that only a small percentage can muster. Our awards are possible for any student to achieve. They also encourage long term goals. Success in life is largely determined by being able to set and accomplish long term goals.
A good science education involves much more than being an expert in a particular area of study. It provides an awareness of how science permeates all fields of knowledge and impacts our daily lives. Science has become the most powerful force in modern civilization because it bases its decisions on evidence. How odd that many people and governments don't use objective evidence to make their important decisions.
Short Enough for the ADD and Stimulating Enough for HDTV