One of of more popular posts of 2011 was about using YouTube to help generate enthusiasm for STEM at home.
Everyone on our team at Why Science believes in the power of technology to help advance education, particularly for STEM, we also strongly support the notion that technology alone is not enough. In concert with technology it is critical that there are positive change agents in place all along the way to assist and encourage students along the way. Schools certainly have a big role as a change agent, but so do parents. That is why we on occasion like to come back and show parents some fun ways to keep science “fun.”
When parents help plant and nurture the seeds of enthusiasm particularly for STEM learning we can quickly see the wild and wonderful imaginations of our youngsters quickly start to blossom. With that in mind here are some fun (and possibly delightfully messy) science experiments that we found on YouTube that you might want to try and conduct at home with your own junior scientists.
Meteor Madness courtesy of Scientific American:
Dry Ice Bubble (this one is great too watch too!):
Cloud in a Bottle – this is a great one on a rainy day! Courtesy of Steve Spangler.
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Ocean Currents (this one is probably better for K-8)
Liquid Light – the science behind glow sticks. Another great video by Steve Spangler.
Even if you don’t end up conducting these experiments in your own home, consider taking the time to watch them (and others too!) with your youngsters. You’ll be amazed at the great questions they come up with.