Others just plain avoid them. They think science is too hard to understand. These students don’t realize they come into contact with science every day.
Replacing batteries in an alarm clock requires knowledge of circuitry. Baking a cake for a friend requires precise measurements.
Parents can do a lot to help their kids breathe more easily and see that science is doable and fun. Here are some pointers:
Build models with your teen. For many students, a hands-on project leads to understanding. You don’t have to buy a fancy kit. Clay or popsicle sticks are fine for many projects.
Suggest that your teen volunteer at a local hospital, zoo, or park. These places offer exposure to science and careers in science.
Let your teen help fix things around the house. Finding a problem and then solving it are important scientific skills.
Give books and magazines relating to science as gifts. Your school or public librarian can make suggestions.
Be positive. Encourage scientific curiosity whenever possible.
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