Learning how to make water tools: practicing pool tools for water safety
Learning how to make water tools: practicing pool tools for water safety.
Not everybody has the opportunity to learn in nature, so it’s important that we support our kids in learning outside and expanding their brains and muscles, not just inside. With all the aspects that go into field work and tests, the National Science Foundation’s data and outcomes assessment of math and science learning (NSF-R) is helpful for evaluating the areas that your kids might benefit from during their STEM study. This includes learning about how to get water tools (from the NSF’s Water Tools Project or any Outdoor Science project.
A scientific idea: learn how to fish and to survive when you encounter an animal you don’t expect.
As you may know, natural and accidental interactions can happen with animals that you would never guess to be your friends or not your enemy. Learning a survival and science skill by learning how to learn about the world around you helps your kids navigate the ways they interact in their environment. By learning a science skill, kids will learn that the world around them is actually a complex process.
A previous installment of MindShift got kids thinking about the basics of engineering. This time around, let’s learn how to make a water tool and learn fish myths. (You might already know that, if you were a teenager, you thought you’d found some weird creatures. Even the guys, three years ago! But hey, life moves fast.)
A fan of talking animals? This is for you.
Well, you might already know there’s a right way to “fish” fish. But you might also know that there are many things fish have that look like they’re from a different planet. Well, don’t stop there.
If you like animals and you like fishing, come get inspired by fishing myths! Scientists discuss the myths, data, and evidence for various fish myths and the ways in which scientists understand them. Using data analysis and spellcheck, you can get educated on the science behind this, so you can tackle your own favorite myths and learn more about what fish do.
To get started with fish myths, head to the NSF-R online source.
Learning about water quality: can you tell the difference between raw water and clean water?
Guys, there’s a difference between dirty water and clean water. And while you’re at it, boys, there’s a difference between water full of gray powder and clean water.
You can’t help making that distinction while you’re drinking it in. But if you’re going to explore, you’ll have to start with the lessons.
By learning about water, your kids will understand how the world looks from the surface, and how you can tell if a water quality situation is real or imagined. So let’s explore, girls!
A little paint and a little liquid make a perfect water treatment device.
Sciencey, easy, and friendly, a water treatment device is not only a great teaching tool to go to a pool, but also for a classroom, an aquarium, or, you can probably figure out a third use for it, a pool water bottle.
A good illustration of how this works, this video shows a bacteria test with markers and fun ink markers. It’s what a student textbook looks like in day care!
A little mark on the beak
Projects or observations about animals and fish
The experiences of living in a rainforest
The sounds, smells, and sensations of nature
No, it’s not real! But there’s actually a waterfall going off.