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Tips for Promoting Science Exploration

What Does SEE Expect Children and Families to Learn and Do?

Through the Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) Initiative, we expect children and families to:

  • Gain a better understanding of informal science education and science inquiry and how both support in-school science learning.
  • Understand how science is connected to everyday experiences.

Tips for children and families who want to learn more about science:

  • Visit science museums, zoos, botanical gardens, planetariums, and other science centers.
  • Watch science tv shows for children and adults.
  • Listen to science radio shows.
  • Explore science topics using resources in the local library, including books, the Internet, videotapes, and the resource librarian.
  • Do family science experiments and projects.
  • Read science newspaper articles and/or magazines.

Tips for parents and guardians who want to foster informal science learning:

  • Keep a family informal science journal of experiments and other activities, including pictures.
  • Enroll kids in science camps, workshops, or other programs.
  • Conduct informal science activities at family events, including family reunions and birthday parties.
  • Buy science toys, books, and kits.
  • Encourage children to participate in science competitions, including science fairs and essay competitions.
  • Encourage children to earn science scout badges.
  • Check local recreation centers, newspapers, and museums for listings of nature walks and science talks.
  • Talk about science topics that interest you, and ask children for their opinions and ideas!

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