AAAS is featuring Family Science Days activities and Meet the Scientists events at its Annual Meeting this month. Please share any ideas or similar events that you have hosted or attended in your area that bring science topics to families.
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One of the schools in our area holds a middle school science fair in the evening and invites parents to attend with their children. They bring in local people who work in engineering and science to judge and have a Q & A session with them for students and parents to ask questions. The students are also encouraged to have activities associated with their projects that younger children (or parents) can participate in. It has been very successful.
This doesn't really address the question of involving parents and families but I've been wondering, is there a modern day Bill Nye the Science Guy? I remember "Ask Dr. Science" In fact, I just looked him up and it turns out Dr. Science has his own Facebook page!
I wonder if a school couldn't create its own ask Dr. Science where kids can submit questions to the resident Scientist - a rotating position perhaps.
My local HS requires all students to submit a project to the science fair. Because it's a requirement, it fosters a lot of resentment among the non-science minded kids. I think it's a fine line between encouraging an interest in science and using a hammer to try to force interest.