SiteofWeek051910A new survey of science teachers and parents, from Boehringer Ingelheim and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), shows that an overwhelming majority of science teachers wish their students’ parents had more opportunities to engage in science with their children at home—and a majority of parents admit they could use more help to support their child’s interest in science.  One resource that could help is a new YouTube channel from Boehringer Ingelheim, called FamilyScienceQuest. Families nationwide can take advantage of the information presented on this dedicated YouTube channel, featuring simple, fun science experiments that parents can conduct at home with their children—such as making colors explode in a puddle of milk, creating sidewalk chalk, and making a cloud. “Science education has been identified as a national priority, but science teachers can’t do the job on their own. They need the help and support from key stakeholders, especially parents,” said Francis Eberle, NSTA’s executive director. “We know that family involvement is important, and parents need help getting involved with their kids in a subject they may not feel comfortable with themselves. We must continue to find ways to break down the walls of the classroom and encourage learning together among families.” http://youtube.com/user/FamilyScienceQuest

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