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ERIC Number: EJ1037375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Family Science Day
McCubbins, Sara; Thomas, Bethany; Vetere, Michael
Science and Children, v51 n9 p41-47 Jul 2014
This article describes a family-friendly science day event that encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities, while also providing an opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators, thereby raising awareness of the importance of STEM in our society. The one-day event bought together the local university, museums, and other informal science groups to combine resources and expertise that are often not available in K-12 schools in a safe environment that was open to the whole family. The benefits of these partnerships are tremendous: students can see that the science they learn in school matters in their life outside the classroom; parents can see how they can safely encourage their children to explore and use creativity and critical-thinking skills; and teachers can use these resources and activities to make connections back to their own classrooms. Families were introduced to how resources like space, vendors, content experts, volunteers, money, and a timeline could be arranged if they were interested in setting-up of a Family Science Day in their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A