Alom Shaha teaches science at an inner city school in the UK. But he also does more than that. As Shaha writes, “as well as trying to get my students to understand electrical circuits or Newton’s Laws, I make an effort to convey to them that science is important, that it’s something worth doing for reasons beyond the need to pass exams.”
In order to aid him in this task he has created a truly phenomenal half hour video on Why Is Science Important. It’s a much more important film than any of those you might have seen on Oscar night, and a great deal more interesting than most.
If you don’t have a continuous half hour to watch it, you can also find it divided into 14 shorter segments located here that can be viewed successively. You will find it well worth your time.
Oh, and there’s also a Why Is Science Important? website, which accurately describes itself as “a collection of thoughts from leading scientists, public figures, . . . and you.” It is a continuation of the dialogue begun in the film, and also well worth perusal.