Families play a vital role in shaping students’ interest and engagement in science (Archer et al. 2012; Dabney, Chakraverty, and Tai 2013), yet are often left out of the loop. To encourage family involvement in science that is sustained over time, we took a cue from Freudenberg’s (2012) Science Sacks article and created science backpacks that students can take home over the weekends and share with their family members. We created three different activities for each grade level K–6, for a total of 21 different backpack activities throughout the school. Each classroom has duplicates of each activity, so it takes approximately 15 weeks (longer in reality, due to shortened weeks, holidays, and so on) for each child/family to complete each of the three activities.
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Wenner, Julianne A. and Galaviz, Soñia. (2020). "Science Packs: Take-Home STEM-Themed Backpacks Provide Opportunities for Engaging Family Fun!". Science & Children, 57(5), 35-39.