Getting Excited About Science
Research shows that when parents play an active role, then their children achieve greater success as learners - regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic background, or the parent's level of education. Doing STEM activities together as a family encourages kids and adults alike to think about the “whys” and “what ifs” for how things work. Introducing STEM early to your kids is a great way to help them grow in their understanding of the world around them. Our hope is that this experiment excited kids’ natural curiosity and will help them make their own connections and discoveries in their world.
Encouraging Your Child to be Excited About Science
Play-based science activities for young children.
- Take a hike/nature walk with your littles and look for things that are alive. They might be surprised at what they find to be alive.
Make a model with your elementary-aged child.
- Make a model of the solar system. Try it with different mediums - fruit, sports balls, or clay. You can make it unique so that it includes their interests.
Explore the interests of your tween.
- Practice your crime scene investigation skills with forensic science. Think fingerprints, photos, hair collection, and fibers. You could set up a whole, "Who Kidnapped the Kitty" scene.
It doesn't take a lot of time, stress or mess to get kids excited about science. Try spending just a half an hour a week doing a fun science experiment or science walk with your kids. You may find that it turns into your favorite part of the week together.
At our Family Forward retreat this year in Orlando, Monsanto joined us for a science experiment. Feel free to try it at home and watch as you see your children get excited about science! DNA is the language of life. By understanding what DNA is and how it functions, we can gain a better understanding of the world around us and how food is grown. In agriculture, many of the challenges that farmers face can be solved by applying STEM skills. Monsanto’s teams of scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians understand on a fundamental level the “what” and “why” behind some of the difficult challenges farmers face in cultivation and find solutions – which results in more food on our plates.
Here is an easy and fun science experiment that you can do at home with kids of all ages.
What science experiments have you done with your children?