By the time your children are in high school, they will already have some established perceptions about the world they are growing up in. Getting them involved in science is a wonderful way to spark their interest in environmental issues and to make them appreciate the many awe-inspiring aspects of our natural environment.
Raising scientifically literate children is so critical in this day and age. We can do this in a number of ways. Encourage them to take challenging science courses and to join extracurricular science clubs. Take family trips that are centered around science, such as national parks, eco-tourism attractions, and science museums. Point out articles, books, and new studies to spark a family conversation or debate. Finally, engage your children with fascinating science experiments. Science fun isn’t just for the young!
Learning important lessons can be enjoyable for high school students if you go about it the right way. Try this series of engaging projects that will provide your kids with a few valuable pointers while also challenging them to make some interesting discoveries about the many environmental issues facing our planet today.
At some point in their high school education, your child will learn about heat energy and temperature measurement. Make a homemade thermometer and then download a resource like weather by Apalon Apps to check the accuracy of your experiment. In addition to creating a working thermometer, you can also challenge your child to test it out in various hot and cold spots around the house and outdoors. You can enhance this lesson by exploring some materials about climate change and how the climate has been measured over time.
Explain to your child the relevance and importance of biodegradable and compostable products. Set up some simple indoor and outdoor experiments using regular household items like food containers and packaging to see how long different items take to decompose. These hands-on experiences will provide your child with valuable insight into the potential implications for future generations. Challenge them to identify some solutions, such as alternative products to use that decompose more quickly.
It is always distressing when there is a major oil spill and we witness the many oil-soaked birds that suffer as a result. This simple experiment will teach your child how oil spills can harm wildlife. Use vegetable oil, water, soap and a few feathers to simulate the damage that occurs during a real oil spill. The idea is to see how the feather reacts to the water, oil, and liquid soap. Besides observing whether the liquid is absorbed or repelled by the feather, you can also continue the experiment to see if it is possible to return the feather back to its original condition after being cleaned off.
Challenge your high schooler to see if they can clean some dirty water just by using the power of the sun. Creating a solar still is a simple exercise, and quite rewarding when your child is able to successfully produce clean water at the end of the experiment.
How do you spark your children’s interest in science?