Science is fun! Just ask one of the hundreds of thousands of students involved with FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST, a not-for-profit, sparks kids’ interest in science, technology and engineering through exciting, hands-on robotics competitions. Parents and teachers can get kids excited about exploring science and technology by trying one of these five action items:
If at first you don’t succeed with solving a problem, try, try – and fail again – until you succeed. This is how engineers find new discoveries: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
Lots of organizations offer competitions and challenges that highlight and showcase the fun of science and technology. Check out www.wouldntitbecoolif.com.
Lots of young people are seeking positive encouragement and direction. Being a STEM mentor to a young girl or boy can be just the help they need to explore STEM activities and build their self-confidence. http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/science/
When it comes to science, it’s ok to make a mess, or even play with your food. One group of kid inventors turned an idea – protecting people from drinking contaminated milk – into an award-winning idea: http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/
There are dozens and dozens of STEM clubs and afterschool activities that offer a range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Start exploring now – the Connectory on this site offers activities that could be taking place in your area: http://www.connectamillionminds.com/
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