Tips to Get Kids Excited About Science
Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids that learning is fun. While parents can’t necessarily control how exciting the school day is, they can make off-hours learning more fun and exciting -- especially when it comes to a potentially hands-on subject like science.
It is particularly important to foster an interest in science at an early age. Not only does an understanding of its principles mean a greater understanding of how the world works, the need for experts in scientific fields is on the rise, according to Labor Department statistics.
If you’re not too up on the subject yourself, don’t worry. You don’t need to be Sir Isaac Newton to put a spotlight on science, say experts.
“Children are natural explorers. They want to roll over rocks to see what critters are hiding below, and take apart gadgets to see how they work. It’s important to encourage that. We don’t want our kids to just consume technology - we want them to design it, build it, and be innovators,” says “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, an elementary school teacher and co-author of the “Nick and Tesla” book series for kids.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Make your home a laboratory. In order for your experiments to be safe and successful, be sure to follow instructions. There are plenty of free online resources that parents can turn to for science fair and experiment ideas -- and complete instructions. For example, to build your own fog tornado or make your own rock candy, you can visit www.ScienceBob.com for step-by-step guides.
An exciting work of fiction can be inspiring. Expose your kids to entertaining movies and books that feature the application of science in action-packed scenarios.
For example, the “Nick and Tesla” series, by Pflugfelder and writer and journalist Steven Hockensmith, follows the adventures of two 11 year-old siblings who use science and electronics to solve mysteries.
Narratives are peppered with blueprints and instructions, so young budding inventors at home can follow along. Information about their latest book, “Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab,” as well as the other books in the series can be found at www.NickandTesla.com.
Take a Trip
One thing that most museums have in common is signs that say “do not touch.” But at a science museum, it’s all about interactive fun. Take the kids to learn more about their favorite subjects, from animals to outer space to volcanoes.
Remember, science is all around us, so you don’t necessarily need to go somewhere special to get kids thinking about it. Turn a regular day of errands into one of scientific discovery. Encourage your kids to note their observations on paper and discuss what they’ve seen and what it means at the end of the day.
Just because the school bell rings, doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Take steps to make science a bigger and better part of your kids’ day. (StatePoint)
Maine girl's cellphone catches fire in her pocket
KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The "stop, drop and roll" mantra came in handy for a Maine eighth-grader when her cellphone caught fire in her pocket at school.
Kennebunk middle school Principal Jeff Rodman tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1fiLLMp) that the girl heard a popping sound Friday morning and smoke started billowing around her.
Boys were herded from the room so the 14-year-old girl could shed her flaming pants. She also did the "stop, drop and roll" move to help put out the fire. She was treated at a hospital.
Her mother had given her the Apple iPhone 5C two months earlier.
Brilliant parking stunt or dumb luck?
A video of a Russian motorist spinning her out-of-control car perfectly into a roadside parking space is going viral online.
The woman was filmed performing the maneuver by a dashboard camera on a vehicle travelling behind her, in Moscow, Russia.
She apparently loses control of her car which spins across four lanes of traffic before coming to a halt in between two cars - facing backwards.
The clip has been viewed more than 260,000 times after being uploaded onto YouTube.
Some users speculate it must be the work of a highly skilled stunt driver - but most conclude the manoeuvre was down to nothing more than blind luck
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