My daughter loves science. How can I keep her interested?

Education research shows that while boys and girls are equally interested in science at an early age, by the time girls are 12 or 13, many girls begin to lose interest in science. To keep your daughter interested, provide her with as many science-related opportunities as you can. For example, take her to science museums or zoos and look for a science camp or after school program that you think she will enjoy. Look for toys that encourage her love of science, like Thamas and Kosmos’ “Little Labs” science kits, SnapCircuits, a microscope, or a telescope (e.g., Educational Insights’ “Nancy B'S Science Club Microscope” and “Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope”). As you explore science with her, try to point out female scientists so that she can see that there are successful women in science.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

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