As studies have shown, getting girls interested in science at an early age is a key component in them pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers.
A great way to engage girls with science and cultivate those interests is through fun activities that they can share with their friends.
Here are three ideas that are really fun activities and will get them thinking about science:
- Egg Shell Geodes: Geodes are rocks that have a hollow cavity in which crystals grow. They occur in sedimentary and volcanic rocks. While these most likely will not be found in your neighborhood, they are simple and fun to make. Making your own geodes out of eggshells, alum powder, and a few other simple ingredients could get your daughter interested in geology and geological engineering. Use this activity to spark conversations about different terrains all over the world.
- Magic Secret Messages: This activity will spur conversation about chemistry. It will teach girls how to write secret messages to their friends that have to be carefully uncovered. Using just baking soda, vinegar, and a few other supplies, girls write a message that can only be revealed when the reader washes over it with grape juice. Girls will learn about chemical reactions while having fun sharing secret messages.
- Colored Flowers: This activity explores the natural sciences. Here, girls will learn where water goes when you water plants. All you need are some white carnations and food coloring along with a few other supplies. One flower will sit in plain water, while the others will sit in colored water. They will see the slight variations of color in each flower. If you have a garden, take the time to carry this new knowledge outside and talk about your different plants and how they grow.
All of these exciting activities, plus many more, can be found here at CWIST. Explore some fun science games and motivate girls to study STEM subjects at a young age.