In this episode you’ll learn about the Science 6: Backyard Science course of the Ron Paul Curriculum. Richard Emmons interviews instructor Daniel Dignan. This course is targeted at 6th graders.

Freedom Quote

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Course Overview of Science 6

Science 6 is “Backyard Science” because it can be done in your own backyard. This course is hands-on and practical. It is designed to spark curiosity and initiative. Students learn practical skills that can be used.

  • Geology
  • Plant Science
  • Gardening
  • Conservation
  • Weather
  • Landscape Architecture

You can click here to learn more about this course and the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Current Educational Journey

I’m learning more videography to create better courses for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

What If I’d Had the RPC

I would have done more tinkering during my school years.

Advice to Parents

During the school year, encourage your students to do as much writing, speaking and tinkering as possible. In the summer give them a break yet still have them learn in a different way such as going to a fun summer camp.

Advice to Students

Don’t shy away from tougher books. Read biographies and autobiographies of great people who interest you.

Recommended Book

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. You can purchase this book at

Success Habit

“I love to read!”

About the Instructor

Daniel Dignan is a science and robotics instructor for the Ron Paul Curriculum. His courses challenge students with hands-on, practical projects. His goal is to help students learn to create.

Daniel teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science courses and is adding 4th and 5th grade science in August 2015.

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