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4 Ways To Spark Your Child's Interest In Science

Does your child get excited by robots, space exploration or how things work? We find out how to nurture your child’s inclination towards Science.

If Science fascinates your child, help foster his interest. This does not only enrich his world, it fires up his imagination with the possibilities of science. As a serious pastime, it could open opportunities for him and take him places in the years to come. Here’s what you can do for your little one.

  • Surround your child with content
    Offer your kids lots of material, including books, videos, games, free apps and websites to browse and to grow his mind. Child-friendly sites such as www.kids.discovery.com and www.brainpopjr.com provide hours of educational entertainment. You should also let them try their hand on our free downloadables here!
  • Make time for exploration
    Set aside time to experiment with various items and explore the surroundings with your child. For example, observing the weather changes, or the chemical reactions in cooking.
  • Do hands-on projects with your child
    Try making a Diet Coke-and-Mentos fountain or a miniature volcano.See experiment here:
  • Read lots of science-related books with your child
    Ignite your child’s imagination further with age-appropriate sci-fi stories. You can also head to the library often to pick up fiction and non-fiction books.

Straight onto the Science Path
What’s available down the scientific path when the kids get to school? Apart from general science studies in primary school, scoring well in science also helps with direct school admission (DSA) prospects in Primary 6.

Many kids with exceptional aptitude in math and science make their way to NUS High School (NUSHS) for secondary school. Students here are exposed to plenty of science opportunities such as the chance to present their research projects at local and overseas conferences, as well as the first local annual high school research congress.

There are also some local secondary schools that offer niche programmes that help to build the portfolio of students with a strong penchant for science. High scores in science could also help your child achieve greater success in a future career in science via special clubs, competitions and Olympiads.

Through all these hands-on interactive, meaningful experiments, they also allow students to develop problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial skills, creative thinking skills and team spirit amongst the participants. So you see, science experiments are indeed fun and enriching learning games that will delight any child!

How do you get your child interested in Science? Share with us your tips below!

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