Whenever educators find innovative ways to increase the interest of our youths in their education, those educators deserve credit. One recent example is the joint effort between the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center and the El Centro Elementary School District.
The center and the district, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will start the informal science education program that will allow middle-school students to do experiments and research and interact with real research scientists at the center.
Such programs go a long way toward giving youths a more interactive way of learning. Yes, being in the classroom and listening to a teacher is essential to a young person's education, but an education should go beyond that and that is exactly what this latest program will do.
We are confident some of the youths participating will find themselves interested in learning in new ways — perhaps some will see just what an education can do for them if they work hard enough. They also will learn how things happen in nature and thereby learn some important lessons about life. The program will be opened to other school districts in the future, according to plans.