My five year old recently asked me if we can do some more ‘science-ing’ after we experimented with making volcanoes.
As a parent, I have come to revisit the wonder and excitement of science through my children’s experiences and experimentation. From stars to bugs, rainbows to volcanoes, science is exciting and fun, and a little inspiration can set children off on a stellar career path from a very early age. Some of our greatest scientists and inventors recall moments in their childhood when they were turned on to science, whether it was kitchen chemistry, star-gazing or just seeing the sun shining through water.
I’ve found loads of great websites showing you how to try out fun science experiments (safely!) at home. Here is a list of the top ten coolest experiments
Here is a Youtube video of how to make your own lava lamp just with kitchen items like oil, water, food colouring and a fizzy tablet (like Vitamin C or Alka Seltzer)
Keeping kids informed and entertained is no mean feat, but as children grow ever more sophisticated and tech-savvy, children are being presented with some interesting role models:
Moshi Monsters‘ Tamara Tesla is the wacky girl scientist who features in Super Moshi Missions…
On TV, Nina and The Neurons is an award-winning show on CBBC about a female scientist conducting experiments exploring the five senses, neurons each with a personality of their own.
Entertainment companies such as Science Boffins offer parties and after-school events to bring science to life with fun and exciting demonstrations……and to keep up with the demands of the gaming generation, schools across the UK are increasingly using multimedia platforms to keep pupils engaged in the learning process. This applies to all subjects, but it is the Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) of science teaching in primary schools that can bring science alive for all children, one that is crucial to engage the children that would much rather spend all their time playing computer games.
Webanywhere provides learning solutions for primary and secondary schools as well as businesses. They provide free science teaching resources here as well as a selection of themed packages, to cut through the confusion; helping schools choose a VLE that caters for their individual needs.
When it comes to science education, any teaching methods that engage the child and make science come to life can only be a good thing. Here are some more great science experiments for your family to try.