Science projects are an awesome part of a child’s life. Most kids enjoy science class and need little motivation to engage in scientific study. If it’s in class or at home it rarely matters, kids will go beyond expectations to conduct science experiments and assigned projects. Teenagers though are a different story. As science begins to get more difficult in the teenage years you can expect some resistance and downright refusal to engage in any science fun. If you are experiencing science rejection with your teen here are some ideas to make science fun again.
There are plenty of places to look online and in your own community for science fun and education. Kids.gov has some excellent science games that your teen can do for free and they are cool so you won’t have to worry about your teen not liking them. They are designed for grades 6-8 and include things like building your own amusement park and studying the solar system. Omsi Science Museum allows teenagers to volunteer plus they have monthly science themes and fascinating workshops that the whole family will enjoy. Your teen will be thrilled to visit and what they discover will peak their interest and they will probably ask to go back.
Find what your teen likes in science and multiply it. Ask older teens to assist younger siblings in the planning and execution of their science experiment or science week projects that are themed around things your teen enjoys. Teens love to execute their own plans and ideas so by allowing them to help their brother or sister it will occupy them while enforcing science is fun and cool. Encourage them to enter science fairs and apply for scientific grants that are available to high school students. A lot of teens like physics because it involves design and construction of building and electronics. Encourage your teen to take physics in high school for a fun challenge.
During the summer there are science workshops and even summer camps. Ask your kids middle or high school for ideas and sign up forms as early as possible because these programs fill up fast. Check Parks and Recreation to see if your area has science programs, some of them are state funded and costs little.
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