These fun science experiments for kids come with a free printable lab book that kids love. You can complete all three projects with common household items. Get the experiments and lab book today!
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The Importance of STEM
As the parent of an elementary-age daughter, I am disturbed by a trend occurring in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Girls are MOVING AWAY from the STEM fields at the very time that these areas of the economy are rapidly growing and becoming more profitable in the U.S.
Women make up more than 51% of the U.S. workforce and have multiplied in careers such as medicine, law and business, but U.S. Department of Education figures show that female graduates in computer science are less than half of what they were in the mid-1980s.
And it gets worse…
- Employment data from notable Silicon Valley tech companies shows that women hold only 16% of the tech jobs.
When do the STEM fields lose girls?
- One point where girls lose interest in middle school (according to the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology).
- By high school, girls equate computer scientists with geeks, pocket protectors, and isolated cubicles (according to a 2005 report by the National Center for Women and Information Technology).
How can parents reverse this trend?
There are two easy ways that parent can keep their daughters interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
- By combating stereotypes that suggest girls don’t have strong math and technical skills.
- By supporting girls’ interest in STEM fields.
Introducing Project Mc²
Netflix has an original series that breaks negative stereotypes about women in science.
- Project Mc² features four super-smart science-skilled girls who are recruited to work for a top-secret spy organization.
- The series weaves S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) into the storyline and can help to break the stereotype that girls cannot be smart, funny, stylish, and capable.
Cool Science Experiments for Kids
Another way to get kids interested in STEM is to conduct some cool science experiments at home. It’s a fun and easy way to keep your daughter (or son) interested and engaged in science.
- The more parents are involved, the more confident and engaged children are as learners (according to the National Science Teachers Association).
I have full tutorials for three easy science projects that use physics and chemistry to create a glitter tornado, shine pennies then turn them green, and catch ice on a string. Each easy experiment uses supplies you have around the house and will delight your kids.
Free Printable Lab Book
Get the full science project instructions and free printable lab book today! (Customize the lab book by printing it on your favorite cardstock.)
The lab book even includes a fun message and challenge from The Quail, leader of NOV8 the elite spy organization in Project Mc².
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