We are fortunate to have daughters who are interested in learning about all kinds of science. In our school district, the kids have a dedicated science class starting in 3rd grade and it was something both our daughters counted down the days to. Last year, they participated in an engineering class at a local museum and last month were excited to participate in Engineering for Girls at the local university. They’ve each been enthused when invited to participate in engineering, math or other similar projects offered through the Extended Learning Program at school. I won’t even get started on how much they enjoy museums!
Personally, I think their dad has a lot to do with it. He encourages them in so many ways and has always been the biggest advocate for them to play with toys like K’NEX, Snap Circuits and Magnetic Construction Sets. Giving them the opportunity to get hands on with geology by sharing his collection, panning for gold and has taking them to rock and mineral exhibits and trade shows.
Whether it be consulting the girls on their school science fair project, volunteering for their after school robotics program or helping them with one of the science kits they received as a gift, DH is the one who is their go-to parent. Maybe it all stems back to the quality time they have watching science shows together. Maybe it’s just because he’s an awesome dad.
As an example, the other day we sat down as a family and watched the new series, Cosmos, on TV. They’ve already show quite an interest in learning about STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of their favorite shows to watch together is How It’s Made and similar shows like How Stuff Works. Since they like to stream shows, it is great that Netflix has such a great variety for them to choose from and it won’t take long before we have two MythBusters fanatics on our hands. Considering how much they enjoy Cosmos, they’re going to be thrilled to discover How the Universe Works.
One of the things we’ve emphasized to the kids is the need for balance between electronics and physical activities. They’re involved in athletics and we run, bike and attend the gym as a family. When at home, we’ve explained that as long as they use their iPads wisely, we won’t put restrictions on them. Sure they can watch random videos and play apps but we explain that incorporating educational videos and apps into their schedule is a great way for us to look the other way on how much screen time they’re getting. As they continue to log into Netflix using their own profiles, they’ll continue to get recommendations on other things to watch. Their watch lists will contain a mixture of blockbuster movies, kids’ shows, retro TV, educational shows and documentaries.
We’ve been so excited about the invitation to join the Netflix Stream Team and can’t wait to share regular features with you! Take a few minutes to check out the amazing list of available science shows for kids of all ages. No time for family “movie” night? Consider an abbreviated version watching something a bit shorter! Try anything from Jimmy Neutron and The Magic School Bus for the younger generation to Build it Bigger to Extreme Engineering for the older crowd. If you introduce your children to these types of activities when they are young… Just like DH did with our kids… and you may be surprised by the results! They may actually ASK if they can sign up for cool science stuff instead of being told they have to!
Would you give your kids more screen time if they were streaming S.T.E.M shows?