Children ask questions all the time, one of their most persistent questions being ‘Why?’
It’s one of the most exciting questions there is, but for parents it can be challenging. That’s why we created Science for Families, a five-week course of scientific exploration where parents and their children work together to explore… why? The course is a safe place to ask, encourage, and investigate, using nothing more than the sorts of odds and ends you can find in your kitchen.
Through the course, families begin to get to grips with talking about science. Fostering these types of conversation outside of the school walls has a positive effect on children learning science inside the classroom. This is part of the concept of ‘science capital’ – for more, see the ASPIRES report.
The classic answer to ‘Why?’ is:
“I don’t know.”
Through Science for Families, we aim to turn that into:
“Let’s find out.”