Posted on Nov 23, 2014 - 09:15pm by Scott
Curious? You’re More Likely To Learn!

According to new research published in the journal Neuron, people are more intrinsically motivated to learn if they are in a state of curiosity, and this mental state enhances long-term memory.

While I find this research to be very interesting, the results do not surprise me at all! Why? Because I believe that my first career as an engineer was built around my being in a continual state of curiosity that began at around the age of 5.

I was always curious how airplanes and rockets took to the sky. That curiosity motivated me to pursue math and science in school and then engineering as a career. I knew that to satisfy my curiosity I had to take whatever steps were necessary to learn the material that would answer all of my questions about flight.

This new research also supports our goal at Launch Math & Science Centers. We inspire children to learn all things STEM, and we do that by engaging them with interesting problems to solve and projects to build. Our goal is to spark their intrinsic desire to learn with the hope that they will walk out of our center with an increased level of passion to learn math and science relative to when they walked in.