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Did You "Bring Science Home"?

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This month Scientific American launched 20 free at-home science activities with our inaugural Bring Science Home series. We hope you've enjoyed trying some of them and that you will continue to visit our Education page for more ways to do a little more science every day—at any age. We certainly had a blast putting the activities together and working with a fantastic group of educators and organizations along the way.

Please share some of your activity experiences and photos on Scientific American's Facebook page or in the comment section below. Let us know what questions arose during the activities and what science principles came up in conversation. And if you have a favorite activity of your own, we invite you to submit it in the comment section, and if we end up selecting it for our next edition of Bring Science Home, we will credit you as a contributor. If you would like to be notified by email when we launch the next set of activities, sign up for the Scientific American Announcments and Special Offers list. Simply submit your email address in the form below.

We know that life can get busy, but making just a little time to mess around with science goggles on (actual ones, or metaphorically speaking) at home can go a long way toward helping children make higher marks in higher-level sciences classes and better-informed decisions later in life.

"By recognizing the presence of science in everyday life, and by taking the time to do activities with children, you expose them to new experiences and increase their science literacy and critical thinking skills," Peggy Ashbrook, science instructor and author, noted in her Guest Blog post earlier this month. And the best part is, with science, grown-ups needn't know all the answers! As Ashbrook explains: "Adults can show how to ask questions and investigate—and then try to find out more by making focused observations, asking others or reading a book."

With this project, we're excited to be contributing to the Change the Equation partnership with the White House's Educate to Innovate initiative, which aims to boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Read more about the projects and Nature Publishing Group's Bridge to Science program. 

And in case you missed it, watch this video of Scientific American Editor in chief Mariette DiChristina—and her daughters—getting their hands goopy with Oobleck to explore non-Newtonian fluids!

Thanks for helping us bring science home. Keep up the good work!

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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