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ERIC Number: EJ1091864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
What's in Your Refrigerator? Easy Ways to Spark a Love for Science at Home
Dailey, Debbie
Parenting for High Potential, v3 n7 p4-8 Jun-Jul 2014
The enthusiasm for science displayed by students in early elementary grades is unparalleled. If not nurtured in elementary school, the spark for learning science diminishes. Unfortunately, the amount of time spent on science in Grades 1-4 has steadily declined since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In 2012, the National Research Council cautioned that omitting science at any grade level potentially impacts student conceptual learning and places additional demands on teachers in higher grades. To address these concerns, the author participated in a Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program project (University of Arkansas at Little Rock: STEM Starters). STEM Starters was developed to target science learning in elementary grades. Programs such as STEM Starters are not options for most schools, and many students do not often have opportunities to cultivate their interest in science during their school day. The author discusses how students involved in the STEM Starters program applied what they learned in real-life situations. This article contains a list of additional experiments, as well as four science activities that encourage students to question more and seek investigations outside the classroom to spark their love of science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A