Hey parents/grandparents/summer camp mentors!
Looking for fun yet academically engaging things to do with your young ones and teens this summer? Want to make sure they don't lose step and let all of that great knowledge slip out of their heads. Want to keep them on task with reading and literacy? Want to subtly kindle that inner science/engineering/tech spirit in them?
Well check out this super great summer reading program by SCIENTICITY, this amazing online community of people who promote the public understanding and engagement of science. They host a variety of science engagement programs, but the youth reading program is their summer emphasis.
There are actually two programs, broken down by age group.
1) Kids Read Science - for children ages 8-12 years of age
2) Teens Read Science - for teens 13-18 years of age
The rules for both are the same:
1. Choose a non-fiction book about nature, science, engineering, or math, or about people who work or worked in those fields. The book should help you understand more about what science is and how it works. Textbooks are not acceptable choices. If you need suggestions it's good to ask a science teacher or librarian for ideas.
2. Read your book.
3. Make a video about your book. It's like a video book report. The video must be less than 5 minutes long, and you must give the name of the book, the name of the author, and reasons why you would or would not recommend the book to your friends.
4. Post the video online. They prefer that you post it to your own account on YouTube.com and tag it with "KidsReadScience2011" or "TeensReadScience2011". There are other posting options in the long form of the rules. Visit the website for more details of both reading events.
5.Fill out our official online submission form, for Kids Read Science or Teens Read Science. This allows the judges to locate your video and they will know how to contact you if you win one of the fabulous prizes. Sorry, so far only US residents are able to win prizes this year.
6. Do all this before the deadline: 11pm (CDT) on 23 September 2011.
When I was a kid I participated in summer reading programs sponsored by our city library. I loved them! It was the highlight of my summer. At the end of the summer the library branch threw a party for all of us kids and had an award ceremony. Prizes were awarded to children in different age groups who read the most books. I was so competitive. Although children and teens who submit videos are competing nationwide for prizes, there is no reason not to reward students locally for participating in this event, and it doesn't have to be fancy or anything. Just something to keep them encouraged and let them know they are supported.
And if you're not sure what to read or where to get started, check out my blog posts about great science literature I've read - for youth, teens, and adults.