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
- 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!