As schools across the county embark on the new Next Generation Science Standards our teachers here at Willamette are working to incorporate many of the principles of the following video in our work with students around science and inquiry.
Here are some fantastic resources to promote inquiry, exploration, play and fun with your family.
- DIY.org Think Girl/Boy Scouts meets Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison and Marie Curie. A site for kids and parents all about making, hacking, building, crafting and engineering through fun projects. Earn Skill badges for completing projects. Great resources for fun and engaging projects.
- TLC’s Fun Science Projects for Kids Wanna make some pseudo snot, gloop or invisible ink? Well your kids do. Tons of projects that can be made with common household products. Explore chemical reactions, weather and seasons and states of matter with these fun and quick activities.
- Exploratorium Science Activities These activities represent some of the best topics to engage children that I have seen in one museum website. Give it a shot and experience San Francisco’s Science Museum online.
- Discovery Education Videos The WLWV school district purchases subscriptions to some fantastic online resources and this one is at the top. Discovery Education has pulled together hundreds of thousands of hours of videos from the Discovery Channel programming as well as from over 10 other media companies and made them available as video segments. This allows the user to find just what they are looking for, at their level, and watch it in small chunks rather than full length programs. Of course with a database this valuable you will need a username and password. Unfortunately that can not be posted online. Feel free to email Michael Diltz if you don’t have access to our database passwords.
With play in mind everything becomes a learning opportunity so let your child take apart your broken toaster, involve them in the trials and tribulations of why the lawn mower won’t work again this Spring. The more your child puts into having a good time and exploring, the more it adds to their arsenal of critical and creative thinking skills. And doing some projects together will create bonds that, like Gorilla Glue, may last a lifetime.
Got some of your own links and ideas? Post them in the comment section below.