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"Science Mom" Encourages Science at Home

"Science Mom," Courtney Corda shares how easy it is to do simple science projects at home with kids, and how to initiate an ongoing dialogue about the vitally important subject of science. Courtney is Vice President at Science Buddies, which empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free science activities and projects. "Science Mom" shares science activities on television, radio, and in-person.

The "Science Mom" Story and Courtney Corda Bio

Courtney Corda "Science Mom" Courtney Corda is a working mom with two busy school-age children who balance sports, scouting, music, and homework with family responsibilities. Working for Science Buddies, Courtney has been exposed to more science in the last eight years than she ever was as a K-12 student or as a comparative literature major at UC Berkeley. In hindsight, she wishes she had explored more science in her youth, and thinks she might have even enjoyed engineering if she'd ever taken any courses. That's one reason why Courtney started to help her own children get plenty of exposure to science, both in and out of school.

With busy schedules it was hard to find family time for anything "extra," but Science Buddies helped Courtney see that everyday moments like cooking, dinner table talk, doing laundry, or going for a bike ride, offer plenty of opportunities for science learning. Courtney hopes that by fostering her children's interest in science, she will help them develop a strong foundation in science and math and increase their options for finding rewarding careers in the 21st-century job market. Courtney shares with parents how easy it is to do simple projects at home with kids and how to initiate an ongoing dialogue about science.

"Science Mom" on TV

March 2011, Mom's Homeroom Video: Courtney walks a group of students through a physics project and offers tips to parents for supporting and encouraging the science project process. Highlighted project: Give It a Lift with a Lever.   February 2010, View from the Bay Video: Get your kids excited about science using gelatin. Based on the project Which Fruits Can Ruin Your Desserts?
September 2009, View from the Bay Video: Science experiments you can do with your kids. Based on the project Set Your Table for a Sweet and Sticky Earthquake Shake.   June 2009, View from the Bay Video: Motivate your kids to love science. Using the project Cabbage Chemistry, Courtney helps kids learn about acids and bases and how to test for them.

Visit our Parent Resources Science at Home page for more fun projects to try at home.