By Stephen Tremp
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.
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.