Reimagined bicarb volcano could spark your children’s love for science


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I AM a science teacher and I think anyone who spends time with young children can be one too. It is in the home that children first encounter literature, maths, music and art – through reading, counting, singing and drawing. But this sort of informal teaching isn’t so common when it comes to science. That is partly because many people lack the knowledge or confidence to talk about science with children, and partly because science isn’t ingrained in our culture in quite the same way.

Some children do try out “experiments” at home, such as making a “volcano” using bicarbonate of …

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