Inspire Curiosity, One Experiment at a Time!
At Nomad Press, we know that science is all about asking questions, trying things out, observing, and trying more things out—all stuff that kids are great at!
By making hands-on science a daily or weekly part of your classroom schedule, you’ll tap into those curious brains and inspire a habit of science that will last a lifetime. Here are some tips!
Explore the World
Encourage young scientists to be curious about the world they live in. Nature walks, visits to museums, and trips to the local zoo or botanical garden can provide excellent opportunities for children to learn about biology, geology, and environmental science. And don’t forget to allow time for sharing—ask about what they observed, what they think, and what conclusions they come to! Remember, field trips don’t need to be far away—a simple walk around the playground with an eye out for insects will go far to get kids excited about science.
Read, Read, Read!
This might be obvious coming from a children’s book publisher! Introduce kids to science-related books tailored to their age and interests. Whether they’re into space, dinosaurs, or the human body, there’s A LOT of books out there that make science fun and accessible. (And some great ones that include hands-on activities!)
Don’t shy away from those “why” questions! Embrace them. The more kids ask, the more they learn.
Connect with STEM Role Models
It’s inspiring to meet people who are doing real science in the real world! Investigate events in your area to find out when scientists, engineers, and other STEM role models will be giving talks. There’s also a wealth of documentaries, TEDTalks, and other media online. Knowing that successful scientists come from diverse backgrounds can be incredibly motivating.
Find Science Clubs and Camps
Are there science clubs or camps at your school? If not, start one! When kids gather to discuss topics they’re all interested in, they develop the crucial skill of collaboration—plus, they have a lot of fun.
In science, failure is a stepping stone on the learning road. Encourage a growth mindset by reminding students that it’s good to make mistakes—that’s how we make discoveries and learn about the world.
Stay curious, stay inquisitive, and most importantly, have fun exploring the wonders of science with your young scientists.