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Getting Kids Interested in Science

Updated on June 18, 2013
Take the kids on nature walks and have them take photos of the plants and animals they see.
Take the kids on nature walks and have them take photos of the plants and animals they see. | Source
Get them interested in astronomy by observing special sky events like the Hale Bopp Comet.
Get them interested in astronomy by observing special sky events like the Hale Bopp Comet. | Source
Visting a planetarium or observatory are great ways to instill an interest in astronomy as is viewing the stars through a home telescope.
Visting a planetarium or observatory are great ways to instill an interest in astronomy as is viewing the stars through a home telescope. | Source

BY Joan Whetzel

Science can require a lot of work, and a lot of math. All of which can turn some kids off. So how do you get them interested in science? By incorporating it into their everyday lives.

Photos

Incorporate photograps and photography as part of science in a number of ways. Clip photos from magazines or print them from online sites to help illustrate science projects. Have students take their own photographs for science fair aids or to show the steps in project or recipe for a presentation speech. (Yes, even cooking is a science). They can take pictures in nature as part of a study on animal habitats.


Movies

Have them investigate the technologies presented as part of the movie’s plot (forensics, sci-fi gadgets, Frankenstein’s electrical plant) and how they might work in reality. Or check into the technology to film the movie, to create the special effects (make up, explosions, wrecks, chase scenes), and to create the CG.

TV Shows

Television offers up a lot of shows that incorporate science, many of which have inspired an increased interest in science by younger generations. Check out these TV Stations and shows.

· Discovery Channel

· CSI and NCIS

· Science channel

· Myth Busters

Science and Food

Cooking is a science. There’s the science of combining foods, liquids and seasoning for taste. There’s the science of measurement. There’s the science of using heat, or cold, to make recipes work correctly. Any new recipe is a science experiment. The recipes that stick around, are experiments that are repeatable. There are other experiments with food that some kids may find interesting:

· Food aging, what happens to different types of foods as they age?

· What is the rotting process for different types of foods?

· Chemical reactions – vinegar or OJ and baking soda, dissolving corn starch in hot vs. cold water, dissolving corn starch in cold water and then mixing it with hot water.

· Making natural food coloring from things like beats or turmeric.

· Changes food color, texture, flavor (carrots, onions) due to the cooking process.

The Physics of Games/Sports

Kids can learn about the physics of their favorite games, sports, and sporting equipment. Check out the science of these items. What is the science that makes the sporting equipment? What is the science required to use them most efficiently?

· bikes

· scooters and skates

· jump ropes

· football

· baseball

· soccer

· pumpkin hurling

Science and Amusement Parks

What about the physics of amusement park rides? There’s a lot of physics and engineering that goes into how they are constructed so as not to break down or injure passengers while in operation. What about the science of g-forces felt on many of these rides? How do they affect a person’s equilibrium? Why do some people get sick while others don’t?

· roller coasters

· elevator rides

· screaming as a fear release

Science at Home

There’s science in every actions as well. Here are only a few ideas. There are so many more that I haven’t even mentioned here.

· Driving

· Cleaning house

· Cleaning laundry

· cleaning supplies, which work, which don’t, which are better than others

· How the washer and dryer work, electric vs. gas

· How the AC and Heat work, electric vs. gas, dehumidifying (for humid environments) vs. wet AC and heater units (for desert environments)

· How the TV works

· How the cable and internet get to your house

· fiber optic cable or wifi and the computer

The best ways to get kids interested in science is to show them that it’s all around them. They are surrounded by science and it can be fun to find out how it all works – so they can amaze their friends.

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    • joanwz profile imageAUTHOR

      Joan Whetzel 

      5 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Thank you.

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      david stillwagon 

      5 years ago

      Worthy cause considering how important tech. and science is and will be in the future.

      Good hub!

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