Chiayi City Government has this year released “science treasure boxes” that aim to make learning science fun for children through a series of entertaining games and hands-on activities designed to allow children to study in a relaxed way. On Monday, Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui oversaw the distribution of treasure boxes to 154 elementary schools in Yunlin County in a collaborative effort to promote science education.
Science games contained within the boxes include one where you learn about mechanics by using bamboo chopsticks to build a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired self-supporting bridge, and another where you learn about carbon dioxide production by combining baking soda with citric acid and water to make a fire extinguisher. Children can play the games at home with their parents.
Huang says that Chiayi City Government’s Science Education Exposition has in the past been warmly received by students and parents in Chiayi and neighboring Yunlin County, but the expo was canceled this year due to the pandemic. Consequently, Chiayi City Government decided to give students the “science treasure boxes” with a range of age-appropriate science-based activities, says Huang. More than 20,000 boxes have been distributed to date and have garnered an extremely positive response, says Huang, who adds that the boxes donated to schools in Yunlin County are a revised version, which contain activities suitable for each elementary school year group.
Photo: Huang Shu-li, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報黃淑莉
At Monday’s event, Yunlin County Commissioner Chang Li-shan thanked the Chiayi City Government for sharing a great educational resource with students in Yunlin and said that science education should be put into practice during students’ everyday lives to spark childrens’ interest in study. Chang added that the science kits will help train students’ logical thinking and stimulate their curiosity and passion for exploration. She returned the favor by sending character-building teaching materials developed by Yunlin County Government to 29 elementary schools in Chiayi City.
(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)
Photo: Huang Shu-li, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報黃淑莉
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