The art of being a SciTeller

Mahak Katyal

“Once upon a time there was a rabbit. He always bragged about how fast he ran….”

teacher-storybook Do you know this story? If you don’t, you are probably wondering what will happen next.

Stories have been part of our childhood for centuries. We have all grown up listening to folktales and folklore from our grandparents. A simple story hooks our attention more than anything else. In fact, our ancestors found stories to be the perfect medium to share information, ideas, and thoughts. Stories were the medium of instruction in gurukuls in ancient times. So why then have we stopped using stories to teach? Stories are not merely meant to entertain, they also educate. Subjects that are perceived to be difficult, like science and math, especially, can find their way into students hearts and minds if we tell stories.

Interrelation between science and stories
So is there a relationship between stories and science?

If you read a story carefully you will find that there is a common element present in both scientific research and the art of storytelling, i.e., looking for the hidden truth or reason. Both science and story involve investigation of some kind – a hypothesis in the case of science and incidents in the case of a story. Thereafter, you can arrive at a conclusion or a result. If you remove the conclusion from a story, the story is incomplete. This holds true even for scientific research. While stories inculcate the important skill of asking “why”, science helps to find the “how” behind a theory and develops logical reasoning in the child.

The author is an independent writer and science content developer with experience in designing science curriculum and lesson plans for various schools. She has written science stories for kids. She can be reached at mahakkatyal18@gmail.com.

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