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How To Gain STEM Success with Citizen Science in the Classroom!

One way to get kids interested in science is by letting them do science. Discoveries made are discoveries remembered! This might seem hard—after all, how can fifth graders contribute to actual scientific fields of knowledge? With citizen science!

 

 

Bowling Ball, Feather, and Reproving the Laws of Physics

 

I'm as much of a science nerd as the next person, but sometimes I wonder: why do we do the same experiments over and over after someone else has already proved a point?

Pisa experiment by Galileo Galilei. Drawn by Theresa Knott
I Hate Science

A mere 24 hours after writing this blog post, I wanted to eat my words. Well, I wanted to eat something. I was hungry because dinner was late (later than usual) since I was helping my fifth grader glue construction paper to a tri-fold cardboard display. “I hate science,” my son muttered when he realized he hadn’t printed out his list of sources. Of which he had two. “Science is stupid.”

This does NOT look like my kid's science fair experience.
Science Fair Projects: Yay?

Mentos in soda bottles. Plants watered with vinegar. Hamsters forced to run through mazes. Creative science fair projects, true, but ones that have been done over and over and over. Why does the science fair project still exist?

 

STEM Friday: Explore Solids and Liquids!

 

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
by Kathleen M. Reilly, illus. by Bryan Stone
96 pages, grades 2-4
Nomad Press, 2014

 

 

 

Why is water watery? Why are solids hard? Why does steam float?

These questions are ones you might hear from a seven-year-old, and this book has the answers. Explore Solids and Liquids! with 25 Great Projects brings basic chemistry into the classroom or kitchen and makes it accessible for kids in grades two through four, and for anyone else who needs a refresher course in the different stages of matter.

Seven YouTube Videos That Make Science Fun!

Kids practice science every day, whether they mean to or not. Are your students obsessed with paper airplanes? They’re learning about aerodynamics. Do they mix together their juice and milk at the lunch table? Chemistry time! They may not be writing out the steps of the scientific method and they probably aren't recording their data, but the impulse to ask “What happens if I do this?” is what science is all about.

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