Developing Our Youth

By Stephen Tremp

TV, Videos, and Books

There are many science-based shows on network and TV kids can watch. Dragonfly TV is a science education television series for children, broadcast on PBS. Crash! Bang! Splat! and Mythbusters are two more great ones. NOVA is another PBS program that gets children excited about science. Parents should know some content may be controversial and age appropriate.

For younger kids, the Magic School Bus by Scholastic is a wonderful children’s series about science. An eccentric schoolteacher, Ms. Valerie Frizzle, takes her class on wondrous educational field trips in a magical school bus that can drive them to locations like under the sea or into our solar system, as well as places here on good ol’ planet earth. You can watch clips for free on YouTube, rent DVDs from Netlflix, or take out DVDs and books from your local library. There are also Teachers and Parents sections on the website. Magic School Bus has been a kids’ favorite for years.


There are countless websites dedicated to developing our youth and promoting science as a way to accomplish this.

OLogy is a very popular site from the American Museum Natural History in New York City. Topics include anthropology, archeology, astronomy, biodiversity, climate change, and earth. They also have the Discovery Room that offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science. Every major field of Museum science and research, from anthropology to zoology, is represented.

At Yahoo for Kids topics include Around the World, Arts & Entertainment, Computers & Games, School & Homework, Science & Nature, Sports & Recreation.

Girlstart is a non-profit organization created to empower girls to excel in math, science, and technology. Girlstart offers a variety of educational formats designed for girls, adults, and families through after-school programs, workshop series, summer camps, Expanding Your Horizons, and free community events.

Science News for Kids offers information and resources on science topics of interest to young people. Topics include animals, pace and astronomy, the human body, game zone, environment, chemistry and materials, and earth. The website has a tab for teachers with links from resources to science fiction to a listing of recently published books that may be of interest to science and math teachers.

Easy Experiments

What could a parent want more than to have their kids conducting science experiments in the house!

Kids Science Experiments and Science Projects are full of fun, easy and exciting hands-on experiments that will help you answer a lot of questions asked by your children. These simple, safe and easy-to-follow science experiments and science projects can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around your house. Help make learning fun and easy by trying some of these science experiments with your kid’s.

Barnes and Nobles and Borders Books and Music both have kids sections with books about easy science experiments with everyday household materials. I even saw an Idiots Guide to Science Fair Projects. Seriously.

Teach the Children Well is a collection of links to sites carefully selected by a teacher for students as well as their parents and teachers. was designed for elementary grades but many of the sites will also be of interest to older students.


Bill Nye the Science Guy
and Beakman’s World are fun sources of learning for kids (and adults), but are hard to find on TV. You can rent these shows from Netflix and most libraries have them as free rentals. Hundreds of clips can also be found on YouTube.

Steven Spangler
(often seen on the Ellen Degeneres Show) has a website for science toys, supplies, games, and cool science projects for children and teachers. He even has ideas for Spooky Halloween activities. Steve Spangler makes science fun and creative ways to get people engaged in their own learning.


Stephen Tremp is author of the action thriller Breakthrough. You can visit Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs, where Breakthrough is available for purchase and download to all eReaders.

18 thoughts on “Developing Our Youth

  1. You should hear about some of my husband’s science experiments as a child. One grade school project involved trying to make glass on the kitchen counter… with sand and high heat. Oh, my! Today, I limit him to refrigerator experiments. 😀 Good post, Steve!

  2. Thanks for all of the great suggestions. Involvement is really the key to understanding and developing interest. It also demonstrates how much of an impact science has on our daily lives.

  3. Hi L P P and Stephen .. it’s great there are so many sites and locations where kids can experiment more .. and then there are the inter-school science fairs we have here in the UK (certainly Sussex) ..

    Great resources for those with children .. thanks – Hilary

  4. Being introduced to science at an early age was one of the greatest educational blessings I received as a child. Several times a year, my parents would take us kids to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Planting those seeds inspired a lifelong fascination of the sciences. I completely agree with Tony, that involvement is the key to developing interest. As parents, we owe it to our children to get them involved! ~~ Keith A.

  5. This is a wonderful list and I will pass it on to some of the staff developers in our school district. Teachers can include the listing as part of their recommendations for home projects and quality progams. Thank you for both the categories and contents.

  6. Thank you Stephen for this wonderful article. I will definitely share these links with all my parent and teacher friends!

  7. I think GirlStart is a great site. Seems like a lot of science shows and sites are geared more toward boys rather than girls, so have a site dedicated to the young women is great!

  8. Great list of programs for parents with school age children and teachers. It’s so important to make learning fun at an early age and provide age appropriate resources so our children grow to love and appreciate science. Thank you for this very informative post.

  9. What a wonderful list! These look like sites I might like to play around with too! Thank you, Stephen, for contributing to the Little Pickle Press blog and sharing these resources with our readers!

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