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Experience Science at Home with Fermilab!

Resources for Families and Educators

You do not need to be an educator to enjoy learning science through the eyes of a young person. You do not need expensive supplies or extensive knowledge, just a sense of wonder, curiosity, and at times some patience and persistence. Here are some great resources for you:

An environment for learning:
  • Let the children take the lead; help them be persistent through a task or problem.
  • Talk with the children; ask them questions. Show them how you are thinking about something and encourage them to do the same with their thinking.
  • Be willing to say "I don't know—let's find out!"
  • Be ready for science moments—watch for science opportunities everywhere throughout your day and through your hobbies.
  • Take advantage of culture and context in everyday STEM.
  • See the possibilities with a positive, can-do, me-too attitude.

There are many authoritative sources and research about the topic of doing science at home and how children learn science; we share a few of them below. And there are more online activity resources than one can effectively sort through! We are sharing a brief guide with some background information for you so you can dive into exploring science at home.

We can certainly all appreciate how difficult it is to teach children about a future world we do not fully understand. What is most important for children to learn? They need (we all need) to know how to continue to learn and solve problems. Children need to develop the skills of creative thinking, sharing and communicating ideas, and collaboration—working together. These are Twenty-First Century Learning Skills. STEM provides endless opportunities for children to develop these skills both for their personal life and for formal education.

As we grow and learn about our world, we develop a set of ideas based on our surroundings and those with whom we associate. All of our environment and contact with people teach us something that becomes part of who we are and what we expect out of life. We can broaden our thinking—that's how we all grow. Use your surroundings and your culture to explore your world and then broaden your thinking about it. Set a home environment that supports the children in your life to use science to learn about their world.

More tips for families: Additional activity resource sites: