Because knowing why and how things happen is fun….
There are a variety of science sites out there that appeal to a younger audience. As with any site, it’s best for adults to view the site first: yes, even “science” sites have an agenda.
Kids Science Challenge: www.kidsciencechallenge.com
Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the Kids Science Challenge site is geared towards students in grades 3-6 (although the material is pretty interesting, and it could easily entice older or younger children). There are videos and science activities available; of course, kids can enter the competition.
Scientific American’s Education Page: www.scientificamerican.com/education
This is a fantastic site that offers a broad range of easy-to-understand scientific articles and activities. It’s geared towards a younger audience and makes science more fun than it already is. The page includes quick experiments, an area where non-scientists can help out with REAL research projects, and information about the Science in Action award ($50,000–talk about encouraging life-long learning!).
There are some fantastic books out there that engage and capture the interest of children and teens—and they’re based on science! Some titles are below:
Created with quirky illustrations that children find appealing, this science series is one that children really enjoy. My own children were hooked when we picked up The Periodic Table (created by Bashar and written by Adrian Dingle). It didn’t have all of the elements, but it did highlight many of them in easy-to-follow language (the kids were hooked and are now experimenting all over the place). Each topic in the books is covered in one or two pages, and includes an explanation with a Bashar illustration. The books are all pretty short, running to around 125 pages, and have an expert who checks the material.
The Periodic Table (Bashar and Dingle) This book takes an exciting look at elements on the periodic table.
Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction (Bashar and Green) Making topics like Avogadro’s Number fun and identifying esters as “obnoxious organics”, tweens and teens will really get a kick out of this light-hearted chemistry tour.
Biology: LIfe as We Know It (Bashar and Green) Who’s the “sensitive guy who feels your pain”? It’s your nervous system! Bashar and Green are back with an overview of important concepts in biology.