Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning.
The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun.
Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages.
Teachers can even get classrooms to take challenges like learning one hour of code or participating in other activities.
There are various lesson plans and even projects that require no internet connection, just attention, inquisitiveness and a thinking cap.
To get out from behind the computer screen and to incorporate some chemistry, a hands-on activity that will teach kids about the sweeter side of science is to make homemade ice cream in a bag.
This is an experiment with rewarding results you can eat, and the ingredient list can be altered to incorporate favorites and to see which ones freeze best. By trying out different foods, flavorings and temperatures kids can produce their own recipes. They will also learn a little chemistry as they research why salt affects the process of freezing water.
Beware – more investigations may be needed in the kitchen laboratory to come up with the perfect concoction.
If you’ve ever wanted to capture a child’s energy, François Xavier Saint Georges has figured out a way to pull it off. His project titled Pure Energy measured children’s movements over a 6 month period.
The collection shows interesting drawings made by the actions of 6 to 10 year olds. The display contains over 200 drawings, showing an array of energy levels.
Activities that also provide a serving of science knowledge will hold the interest of hungry learners and carve out some time for interactive fun.
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