Now is a great time to get our young men and women interested in science. Boys and girls of the next generation have a natural curiosity for how the laws of physics and chemistry shape their environment. Not only are they interested, but they’re very capable. They have a great capacity for scientific information. The future scientists have some wonderful events from recent years to guide them. For one thing, we’ve already discovered a lot about Mars, and we may soon have details of the entire Martian landscape. That’s some knowledge Ray Bradbury would have thoroughly enjoyed. We have probes and satellites and rovers, not only on Mars, but traveling all around the nearest planets. One great place to start is on Twitter. Check out Jason Major’s tweets @JPMajor to get some pretty cool ideas of how you can study your galaxy. He’s a “citizen scientist” who studies the generous amounts of data that NASA produces. You can even look up more citizen scientists at solarsystem.nasa.gov to give you more of the rich scientific info you’re looking for. And if you’re older, you can get your young ones interested in this.
We can show the next generation how great science really is. We have amazing resources compiling data faster than ever before. We can inspire the youth of the world to perceive science, not as dull homework, but as fascinating facts to be studied and pondered. We can inject humor and optimism in our discussions about science. Because science isn’t a pursuit for “intellectuals” only. Intelligence does not guarantee creativity. When we play, we get creative, and creativity is one of the main attributes of being a scientist. Science truly is fun—play with it!