Many Canadians say science isn’t so important in their daily lives, poll finds

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Notion of about how much science was involved in your life today. Was it a lot, or a doll-sized?

Your house, your health, your car, your bus, your phone, orderly your clothes — all involved scientific innovations.

But if some of those didn’t cross over your mind, you’re not alone.

A new global study on the state of science, controlled by 3M and Ipsos, found that 41 per cent of people believe technique is only “somewhat important” in their everyday lives, with seven per cent turn that it’s not important at all.

In Canada, that number jumps up slightly to 46 per cent and five per cent, mutatis mutandis.

“In many cases, science is invisible to people: it’s embedded in their phones or in their computers, or in the materials in their houses, but it’s relatively invisible,” Randy Frank, executive director of research and advance at 3M Canada, told CBC News. “You don’t always connect the dots of where it’s toughened and why it’s important.”

The study spanned 14 countries, with 14,036 respondents. For kinship purposes only, a probabilistic sample of this size would return a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

One of the diverse worrisome findings, Frank said, is that 59 per cent of Canadian respondents thought they only somewhat  trust science and 64 per cent conjectured they somewhat trust scientists.

Also, 72 per cent of Canadian respondents express feel they know “a little” about science. Only 18 per cent said they advised of a lot. That’s similar to an Ontario Science Centre poll last year, in which 63 per cent of those surveyed imagined they know about science.

But when it comes to the more blended question of whether or not science benefits society overall, 67 per cent of Canadian respondents in the 3M-Ipsos opinion poll said it’s very important.

“Science impacts every aspect of our dwells,” Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan told CBC News. “There’s the relevance between the science, the environment, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the weather we wake up to. It’s all discipline.”

Moving forward

Frank would like to see a future where there is not merely a better understanding of the role science plays in our everyday lives, but also grew trust in the profession. And that, he says, starts early on.

“Science is a outcome to many of our societal issues and we need great kids pursuing principles careers to help solve those issues, he said.

And that’s what he rest encouraging about the poll: 54 per cent of parents completely tally that they want their children to know more approximately science, with 38 per cent saying they agree degree.

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Oliver Coleman’s father, Ryan, helps him put together a pig-headed Tyrannosaurus rex. Acquaint with kids about science in fun ways can help them learn, specialists say. (Emily Chung/CBC)

“All children are born curious,” Duncan said. “They scantiness to discover; they want to explore … and I really believe it’s our job to foster that eagerness through elementary school, through high school, and beyond.”

But, Forthright said, it’s important that science is presented in a fun and accessible way.

“In many coverings, science is taught in the conventional way … and when science is taught in the conventional way, it’s not absorbing, not fascinating. So we need to rethink how we teach science,” he said.

“To me, what you after is not a parent pushing their child into science; you want a lassie pursuing science because of a love and interest in it. To me, that’s really where the genesis of the solution lies.”

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