After spending a summer at a science camp, I came across this article on a program in Virginia that helps instill an interest in science in its participants.
One of the greatest benefits of informal programs, like science camps and programs like the one above, is that science can be presented in fun and non-threatening ways. There are no grades here. No absolute methods out of outdated textbooks. Children are allowed and encouraged to explore scientific concepts in more a guided discovery method, which draws on a child’s natural curiosity.
For areas like the one I live in, where science has all but been removed from the curriculum in an attempt to devote more time to reading and math in preparation for tests, these experiences are all the science a student may see during the year.