Studies show that American students perform poorly in science compared to international students. There is no reason America's students should not be high-achievers in science.
To reach the goal of students excelling in science, we must emphasize science education from the very beginning in preschool and the early elementary grades. Unfortunately in the schools, science is not heavily focused on as much in the early grades. Literacy is the primary focus of a child's education during the early primary grades.
Young children love to explore, and are naturally interested in science. They love to investigate and discover the world around them. Young children need lots of hands-on activities, not just a bunch of facts. Children should be learning how to find answers about science through discovery. It is very important for young children to learn by doing. This is the best way that young children learn when they can see and touch.
Science concepts can be seen in traditional early childhood activities such as playing with water and sand, and outdoor activities such as going on a nature walk. If we can spark a young child's interest in science during the early years, that child is much more likely to continue having an interest in science throughout all the school years and to be successfull in the subject of science.