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Six challenges for British Science Week

Are you looking for some fun ways to help your children to explore the interactions of science and faith? Then look no further! Steph Bryant from The Faraday Institute has some great ideas, based on the book she has edited with Lizzie Henderson: 101 Great Big Questions about God and Science ...

1 See how many ‘kitchen science’ experiments you can do with the contents of your kitchen cupboards. 

Really exciting, fun science doesn’t have to be scary, expensive, or difficult. Get a grown up to help you see what happens when you add raisins to a glass of fizzy lemonade, or vinegar to a milk bottle with baking soda and food colouring! NB Adult supervision is essential!

This can help your young people to see that it’s possible and even normal for people who love God and his word to also love and enjoy science.

2 Find out about one new discovery scientists have made

Scientists are always finding out more about the world around us, and how things work. Could you find out about a new discovery you’re curious about? It could be a new dinosaur fossil, or something about the planets or stars, or even make a poster to explain about and celebrate this discovery. 

With each new discovery, our young people’s views of God can grow ever bigger and more awesome. 

3 Write your own Psalm using science

The Psalms are full of songs of wonder about everything that God has made. The more we learn about God’s amazing world through science, the more we realise just how incredible God must be! Could you use some of your favourite things that you’ve learned about in science to write your very own Psalm – a song or poem of praise and wonder – to the God behind it all? 

Helping your young people to see that scientific discoveries can stir us to worship God changes the narrative from science being a threat to faith, to science actually increasing our faith! 

Make your own bug hotel or wildlife garden

Science can help us to learn about how to take really good care of people and the planet – something that God has asked us to do. Sadly, sometimes the things that people do can damage habitats, which mean that lots of animals might not have the things they need to thrive or live well.

Making an insect house for the garden, planting some bee friendly seeds, making pine-cone bird feeders, or even making a small pond can give lots of creatures more places to shelter and lots to eat and drink. Can you spot a new animal friend and draw a picture?

It’s great to help our young people to see that science is a wonderful gift from God, that we can use to practically live out God’s commands to love the planet and all its people. 

Explore some of your really big questions

Are there any questions you have about how some of the things you’ve learned about in science can fit with there being a God? Are there any scientists who are Christians who have studied that bit of science? Have they written or filmed anything about how their scientific work and their faith work together? Could you have a chat with a scientist who goes to your church, to see if they can help you think about your question?

You could also see whether the Faraday Kids website explores your question; or whether there might be a cool book you could read, like 101 Great Big Questions About God and Science (or one of the other books here). If you can’t find anything to help you with your question, don’t worry! Ask a grown up to email the Faraday Kids team and they can help point you in some helpful directions too. 

Why?

This can help your young people to learn to explore even their really big, challenging questions confidently as part of an honest, open-minded, and curious lifelong journey with God.  

Steph Bryant is a scientist and Christian who is part of the Youth and Schools Programme at the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion in Cambridge

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