There are a lot of problems to solve in the world today. There's the issue of climate change and how to measure and slow it down. There's the issue of technology and how to advance it without having negative effects on society. There are drugs to develop and cures to explore. All of these endeavors have one thing in common: science. If you have a child, how do you raise them to be more interested in science so they're more likely to pursue a career in medicine, engineering, research, or the like? Here are a few tips.
1. Show them science videos.
With the advent of YouTube, there are endless hours of science-related content made just for kids, which you can access for free! Find some channels your child likes, and encourage them to watch. Actually seeing interesting people doing science and talking about science online will make a career in science seem realistic. Also, the material in these videos is generally presented in a way that's easy for kids to understand, which helps ensure they feel curious about it -- not confused.
2. Send them to a school with a strong science program.
Most states have curriculum requirements that demand students spend a certain amount of time studying science. However, just because the school meets these standards does not mean the teachers are actually doing a good job of teaching science in a way that's engaging and effective. Look for a school that has a focus on science and engineering and has great high school educational science programs. In more populated areas, you should have no trouble finding a charter school with this focus. Not only will the teaching be better, but your child will also be surrounded by other students who share their passion for science, which will help foster their interest.
3. Take them on science-related adventures.
One of the most important realizations your child can come to is that science is all around them, in all aspects of life. Take them on some adventures and field trips where they can discover this. For example, you can take them on nature walks, visit science museums, and walk along the beach to observe the clams, fish, and seaweed. Even a trip to the community pool could turn into a science lesson in which you discuss how chlorine is used to keep the water clean.
With the tips above, you can slowly foster an interest in science and encourage your child towards a career in a science-related field.Share
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