Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Science: It's a family affair...or you can make it one

While you read this post, kick back and enjoy listening to this podcast from Science Friday. If you're a parent, you can multitask like that, right? If you prefer reading the transcript, you can do so here.

Where can your child learn about science? Obviously, school, museums, parks, and university campuses may offer some fine opportunities for learning. But did you know that you can bring the science at home, too? And you don't have to be a scientist to do it. Informal science education, as the podcast will tell you, means learning sometimes in ways that make you forget that it's learning.

One program that specifically targets girls and building their interest in science is the wonderful organization Techbridge Learning, but their tips for promoting science in the family apply to any parent and child. Their tips include some that we've also evolved for DoubleXScience:

  • Encourage your child to share what she discovers.
  • See the science in the world around you, even if it's quite simple, and point it out to your child. Talk about it.
  • When a child asks, "How does it work," ask, "What do you think?" Look for the answers together.
  • Take dinner time and make it science time. Make it a family habit to have everyone share a question they've asked themselves that day about the world around them.

Techbridge offers a booklet for families interested in introducing more science into their everyday experiences. You can download the PDF of the booklet here

As a girl on the Friday Science podcast said about science and the Techbridge program, "I love it (science). I love getting my hands in there...and learning about how stuff works." What's not to love about that?

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