I was filling out my daughter's flu vaccination form this morning and thinking about the incredible efforts being made all over the world right now to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.
I keep checking in on how scientists are getting on with it, hoping desperately that this vaccine is going to magically get us back towards normality again as soon as possible - remember 2019?!
But did you know vaccines already save 2-3 million lives around the world every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, influenza and measles?
Imagine a world without vaccines. Imagine a world without scientists. Scary huh? #thingsthatkeepscienceteachersupatnight
Well, for once there's good news - last year the number of 18 year olds going on to study sciences at university rose by 7% and amazingly, more girls are now studying science at university than boys.
One of the reasons I set up Little STEAMers was that I've been a primary teacher and I've seen how science is squeezed out of the classroom in a lot of schools. It's usually covered once a week for 30-45 minutes and for me, that's not enough.
On top of that, with all the budget cuts, primary teachers are often left scrabbling around for old broken equipment, limiting the amount of hands-on science they can realistically do with their class.
Of course this isn't the case in all schools, but I want to show children how fun science can be before they even get to primary school.
One really quick idea I wanted to share with you today is something I've done at home recently to make science fun and part of our every day life....
My eldest asked for some grown up bath toys for her 5th birthday. Google didn't really suggest anything useful, but inspiration struck: I bought a bath tray and got out all my Little STEAMers potions kit from storage.
Tah dah - it's a bathtime potions lab complete with pipettes, funnels, measuring cylinders, jugs and sieves and they love it!
Christmas present idea maybe?*
I'd love to hear if you're trying to make science fun for your little ones too.
* I also sell some science equipment which you can look at here.
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