With the kiddos in or heading to school they are probably not interested in learning anything other than what they have to in order to pass some tests, but life-long learning not only helps them gain important critical thinking skills, it supplements the education that they are already being given, allowing them to gain the know-how that we will all need to rely on for the betterment of the future.
And what better way to introduce the little buggers to science and chemistry than by having them watch an awesome web-series like Reactions (produced by the American Chemical Society).
In this episode, Raychelle Burks (a Doane College Postdoctoral Fellow) explains the fundamentals of how rockets work by introducing both the solid and liquid propellants that create a ride-able explosion. She also shows how educational video games like Kerbal Space Program (where the players create and manage their own space program) can help people better understand the science of rockets through interactive play (which is ultimately a better tool to learn complex subjects rather than through reading alone).
So put the young ‘uns in front of the computer and have them watch the video.
You might be surprised by how much they will enjoy it..
Video after the break.
Source: Laughing Squid