Welcome to Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough Blog Tour
Author Stephen Tremp's debut novel is an action suspense story released last August. I have the honor of being stop nine on his tour, and we have a special treat! Because I am a teacher, as are many of my followers, Stephen put together a special post for us!
He is dedicated to contributing to the personal and professional development of youth, so he put together a SCIENCE FOR YOUTH tab on his blog that he plans to expand to include reading. He's also putting together an animated kids series about a brother sister duo designed to help kids get interested in science. How cool is that?
At one time the U.S. was a leader in math and science. However, according to recent reports, the U.S. is losing its advantage in science and technology. The concern is the next generation will experience a lower standard of living and quality of life than did their parents.
One solution is to increase America's talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics and science education. Never one to sit around and complain, here is my contribution: a SCIENCE FOR KIDS tab on my blog. Target audience: elementary and junior high kids. For starters I’ll pool resources and Web sites parents.
My aim is to expand this into a Web site all its own. It will be a reference for teachers, parents, and kids and allow classrooms to hook up anywhere in the world. Finally, I’m developing an animated kids series starring a brother and sister duo who have a very unique way of exploring their world in order to finish their school projects for science, history, and social studies. I’m very excited to be involved with these projects! Following are some of the sites I’ll reference:
TV, Videos, and Books
There are many science-based shows on network and TV kids can watch. Dragonfly TV, Crash! Bang! Splat!, Mythbusters , Naked Science, and NOVA. Parents should know some content may be controversial and age appropriate.
For younger kids, Magic School Bus by Scholastic is a children’s series about science. An eccentric schoolteacher, Ms. Valerie Frizzle, takes her class on wonderous 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 Web site. Magic School Bus has been a kids favorite for years.
There are countless Web sites dedicated to developing our youth and promoting science as a way to accomplish this.
OLOGY: this is a very popular site from the American Museum Natural History, NYC. Ology 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.
Yahoo for Kids: the topics at Yahoo for Kids include Around the World, Arts & Entertainment, Computers & Games, School & Homework, Science & Nature, Sports & Recreation.
Girl Start – Empowering Girls: Girl Start 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: 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 Web site 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.
Easy Experiments: what could a parent want more than to have their kids conducting science experiments in the house!
Kids Science Experiments: 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 has a kids section 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: This site is a collection of links to sites carefully selected by a teacher for students as well as their parents and teachers. Teach the Children Well 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 Web site for science toys, supplies, games, and cool science projects for children and teachers. Spooky Halloween activities. Steve Spangler makes science fun and creative ways to get people engaged in their own learning.
If you have any suggestions or really great Web sites I could use, please post then in the COMMENTS or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Please join me tomorrow as I visit Helen Ginger at Straight From Hel as we discuss Character Arc.
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