Girls are Already Scientists. Here’s How Games Keep Them on Track:
If your special girl has shown a sense of wonder for science in the past but you feel like her interest is fading, take some time to find science in games she plays to encourage her to pursue it.
Games and activities can spark an interest and encourage young girls to pursue education in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to engage your daughter in the sciences.
Get out of the textbook. Textbooks help to frame learning concepts, but hands-on experience can truly spark an interest in any subject.
Supplement classroom science lessons with activities and games that will reiterate what she is learning. You can even talk to your daughter’s teacher about some fun ideas to carry over her learning at home.
Pursuing science outside of the classroom will increase her confidence in her knowledge of the subject. Get outside and explore. Talk about what you see, touch and smell.
Consider games that she can play with other girls who are also interested in the sciences. Your daughter may feel more encouraged to play science games if she has a friend playing, too. Find activities that they can do together, or even games in which they can compete.
Activities that encourage girls in science are probably already happening in your home and in and around your community. All you need to do is find ways to highlight the science of it all.
Cooking allows girls to explore both science and math. Have your daughter help cook dinner and talk about how vegetables grow and what animals eat.
Gardening. Maybe some of your food comes straight from your garden. Take a walk outside and talk about the layers of soil and how the sun and rain affect plant growth.
- Reading. When your daughter shows interest in a particular area of science, take a trip to the library. Let her check out some books on the topic.
More science games and activities can be found in the CWIST library. Let your daughter search through the activities and have her choose a few to try this month. Before you know it, she will be well engaged in science and finding fun, new and interesting ways to explore it.