I came across the ‘How Things Work’ University of Viriginia FREE course, offered by Coursera, when I was going online for my FREE ‘Critical Thinking’ course presently being offered by the University of Edinburgh. I was delighted to find that the ‘How Things Work’ course is also suitable for primary-aged children! So I started doing it with Edward, aged 9, and it’s going really well. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to continue their own learning or to introduce their kids to physics in a fun but challenging way – a way that will make them feel really grown up! I also love the feeling of the two of us huddling in front of our laptop, learning together, trying to make a go of the little quizzes during the course – TOGETHER! It’s the 21st century version of cuddling on the sofa and reading a story to your kids! But I wouldn’t do this as a nighttime wind-down!
Edward and I started off doing the preliminary quiz which comprises 25 questions about physics in everyday life. It was a bit tough and we didn’t quite finish it. I’ll knock off the last five questions tonight. The idea is that you do the quiz before and after the course to see your improvement; clever as long as it works and we see a huge jump in our physics knowledge! Given we’ve only watched a couple of lectures and it’s all flooding back to me whilst being thoroughly entertained, I have high hopes, for us both.
I would love to hear of more courses like this, any subject, that are suitable for kids. If anyone knows of any, please do tell me!