Chrysalis refers to the transformational stage in the life of a butterfly, the period before the emergence from cocoon and first flight. Young-Scientist wants every child to develop strong, unfold their wings of creativity, and fly with confidence.
A child begins to learn as soon as the senses become active and the brain has reached adequate development. Even during the second trimester of pregnancy, a fetus is able to hear sounds, respond to external stimuli and even feel basic emotions. The first few years after birth is a period of accelerated learning when the bulk of language and the mechanics of the world is acquired by the child through observation, imitation and inference. Nearly all parents and caregivers aid in the learning of language by providing a rich auditory environment and verbally engaging the child. Unfortunately, during this crucial period, there is almost an abject absence of providing scientific literacy. This perhaps is because science as a social and domestic component didn’t get established until recently when compared to language, which is indispensable to human life and is several thousand years old.
According to the United States National Center for Education Statistics, "scientific literacy is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity". While this sounds appropriate for adolescents and adults, it is never too early begin laying the foundations of scientific literacy in a person. This is best done not merely as a scholastic training relegated to schools, but as an integral part of parenting, as much as linguistic literacy already is. The aim of this curriculum is to empower the learning facilitators and parents with knowledge and skill sufficient to impart early scientific literacy to children.
In a country where parents are increasingly placing higher importance on education, probably to ensure later financial success for their children, it is essential to clarify the purpose of education and especially of science. Since the advent of modern science a few centuries ago, there have been significant social, cultural, intellectual and even spiritual transformations. Superstition, augury and pseudoscience do not enjoy the same importance as before, although, they still are not extinct. Science promotes rational thinking and evidence-based belief system which are instrumental in eradicating malignant ignorance. The other benefits the society derives from exceptional people of science are technology and material wealth. This immense ability of scientific literacy needs to be prevalent among the population, as much as language is, and must not be restricted to only the privileged.
Chrysalis is an early childhood science curriculum from Young-Scientist that is playing its part to promote, spread and improve the scientific literacy of the population to create robust rational thinking communities
around the idea of scientific literacy. The long term goal of our programme is to lay the foundation on which scientific literacy can be built.Rather than offering only a collection of activities, we hope to create an organic learning environment that will encourage love of learning and intellectual growth.