How to Help Our Young Girls Use Scientific Thinking

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Last night we were at our big multi-state fair, having the time of our lives.

Everywhere you looked as far as the eye could see, there were delights to take in. Ferris wheels, deep-fried strawberry cheesecake, vendors, food trucks, colorful lights, and more. It was decadent, to put it mildly. I so love watching my kids take in their world, and this is one of those special, once a year things we do that is not like any other day of the year. That said, even with my kids’ stomachs filled with fair foods, their arms filled with giant stuffed huskies we won at “The Birthday Game,” and their heads filled with visions of rides, it was the kids’ science tent that really grabbed my daughter’s attention.

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My daughter’s eyes lit up. Both kids did a mad science camp week at the end of summer and Scarlet often says she wants to be a scientist when she grows up. Des is also science-minded, but I think it’s important to help our young girls and daughters use scientific thinking at a young age. For Scarlet, she was enrolled in a STEM class in preschool. Des was too! Now that they’re six and nine, I feel like it’s more important than ever to foster a natural love for science, math, and the like.

I started reading WordFire Press’ Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine and I got Scarlet hooked as well! It took us about five seconds to get drawn into the book – which introduces Danielle’s sister Claire as an equally intriguing narrator – after losing her mom and the entire life she knew in an earthquake in Haiti. Spoilers, though! We can talk about the book’s messages. Be Smart, Be Kind. Inspire your children to dream big, pursue their passions, and be kind to others along the way.

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Anyone can change the world. Teach your kids that you don’t have to be an adult to change the world.

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Learn by Doing. Inspire your children to care about world issues and create change. Pursue Your Passion. Encourage your kids that you can do anything you set your mind to. Talk to your kids about ideas. Their ideas. Your ideas! Turn your ideas into action! Empower your children to use their gifts to make a difference. And one way to do that is with girls and science.

How to Help Our Young Girls Use Scientific Thinking:

1 – Use a microscope. I had one as a kid and it was a life-changing gift. You can go out to a local pond and safely collect samples to look at under a microscope. Microscopes can be inexpensive, but can spark scientific thinking!

2 – Enroll in science camps or after school programs. Around here, they run year-round and have SUCH a variety. There’s something for all ages and personalities and it also links kids up with other science-minded kids. It’s a total win-win.

3 – Visit a local science center or natural history museum. I know as a kid we used to go on field trips to them every year. This year, Scarlet is going on a field trip to a natural history museum in Amherst and she’s so excited!

4 – Watch science or even science fiction movies that raise questions about real science. Bonus points for movies based on women scientists and astronauts. I took Scarlet to see a wonderful award-winning movie based just on that!

5 – Take a nature hike together. We do photo walks where we find all sorts of natural treasures.

6 – Buy a science kit or subscribe to a science-based subscription box. We get monthly science experiments and I like to film Cassidy doing the experiments with the kids. They are always excited and inspired to participate.

7 – Learn WITH your kids. You can do this with games, with kitchen experiments, with books, and with anything. When my kids ask me a question I can’t answer, we look it up together and then it really sticks because we’re all learning.

And never stop talking to your kids about life, humanity, and our collective and individual experiences.

Unlock the potential of your brain. Teach your children that their potential is limitless.

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Change is waiting. Remind your children that even if we can’t start big, we can still start small. Raise your voice. Teach your children that their voice matters and to fight for what they believe in. We’ve been super inspired by Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine. I must have read the preface aloud to Scarlet seven times. It’s so amazing how these powerful inventions and messages start out as a spark in a child or adult’s mind. I know I’m going to keep inspiring my science-minded kid.

I see my daughters eyes light up, concerning science, and I think about all that potential there. Our kids have the ability to change the world. We can ALL be Danielles, and we can help our children to become Danielles too. We’ll keep reading!

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So, how do you empower the young girls in your life to be science-minded?

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5 School Bus Safety Tips: Cleaner Air Back to School

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of the Propane Education & Research Council.

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This year, starting just last week, I made one of the greatest transportation decisions of all time.

Yes, that’s right. The school bus! We are just over two miles from the school, and that means that the kids are eligible for the school bus. Once I got the idea into my head that this would be a wonderful decision FOR ALL OF US, there was no stopping me. I applied for the bus pass in person and made all the arrangements. The kids are so happy! Their bus driver is wonderful. She knows their schedules and is getting to know them. She always has dog treats for Astro when I bring him to the bus stop, and she’s always a friendly and welcoming face to see in the morning and in the afternoon. So much fun.

Astro waiting with me for the kids and his school bus treat:

The other good news is that the kids have a new bus this week that they didn’t have last week! That’s why I’m so excited to share about The Propane Education & Research Council. They are a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs. They also invest in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. Since it’s a new school year, they’re helping to remind parents to talk to their children about the importance of school bus safety, and I’m all for that! Unlike the older diesel buses, propane school buses are quiet and clean, which makes the ride to school safe.

5 School Bus Safety Rules:

1 – When you’re at the bus stop, ensure that loose drawstrings, chains or other dangling objects are removed from clothing, coats, and bags.

2 – Walk your young children to and from the bus, or have them walk in a group. And make sure you leave home on time to arrive at least five minutes before the bus is due. It’s dangerous to run after or in front of a school bus.

3 – Make sure to wait in a location where the driver can see you. Do not wait in a house or car. And practice good pedestrian behavior while you wait – walk and wait on the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, stay out of the street. When you’re waiting for the bus to drop your child off, wait on the side where they’ll exit the bus – and not across the street from it.

4 – Tell your children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, to never pick it up. Instead they should tell the driver and wait for their next instructions.

5 – Remind your children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

These school bus safety tips are all courtesy of The Propane Education & Research Council.

And there you have it! The school bus is the safest form of transportation to and from school. That’s why it’s important to follow safety rules. And it’s also important that the kids ride on propane school buses. For one, they’re safe. As you can imagine, safely transporting students to school, home, and extracurricular activities is a major task for the drivers! And this job requires focus. The fact that propane autogas engines are 50 percent quieter than diesel engines makes for a more pleasant ride, and a safer one too. There are standard safety features designed into propane autogas vehicle fuel systems.

This provides added peace of mind for everyone.

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For example, an automatic shut-off valve prevents the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running, even if the ignition switch is in the “on” position. And propane school buses are crash tested for impact in the side and rear areas, meeting rigorous U.S. FMVSS and motor vehicle standards.

Also, propane school buses are clean! The EPA and the WHO have both identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen, which can cause short and long-term health effects. Alternative fuels, like propane autogas, provide cleaner air because the days of exposing our children to a black cloud of diesel exhaust are over! Propane school buses will not expose our children to harmful particulate matter found in diesel exhaust, which is known to escalate breathing-related issues and aggravate asthma.

And propane-autogas-fueled vehicles cost less over the life of the vehicle, since propane costs less per gallon than diesel. This saves school districts significant money on fuel costs. This allows more budget to be put back into the classroom!

And that’s where it matters most.

To find out more school bus safety rules, and about propane school buses, visit this link today!

Do your children ride the school bus too?

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