WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It can be tough to get children in any grade to understand why science education matters.
The reality is that students who excel in science can have a significant impact on the world around them. Despite the challenges of learning science when kids return to the classroom, there are things teachers, parents, really all of us can do to help spark that desire for STEM learning.
It’s not a soft drink being made in a soda bottle but a hydrogen peroxide volcano. This experiment for young students is just one offered through 3M’s Science at Home. The experiments are an engaging way to get kids excited about STEM learning according to elementary school teacher and sometimes rapper Dwayne Reed.
“It’s about exploring different ways that science already exists in the world that, you know, a child lives in,” says Reed.
Reed believes in thinking outside the box to get kids excited about STEM learning. Case in point? His viral music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade”.
“I want them to see the joy that comes from science among other things and the magic that not only they can find, discover, but that they can create. We’ll learn about science and how it’s applied. It becomes real to them that way,” says Reed.
Making that connection early is key for kids well before they start seriously thinking about careers. The STEM field has experienced significant career growth in recent decades. And 93 out of 100 STEM occupations earn above the national average. Reed believes 3M’s Science at Home can accomplish something else: break down racial stereotypes which prevent some children from exploring a STEM career.
“It doesn’t just have to be the typical scientist that can fill the role. It doesn’t have to be a man or a boy or someone that’s white. It can be the black girl, it can be the black boy. You don’t have to be afraid to be a scientist. You can do that, too,” Reed said.
So, if you want to help your kids turn a soda bottle into a lava-oozing volcano, just head to Science at Home.