I have to agree 100% with Sofya Low. If we want our kids to be interested in science, we need to make science education exciting and germane to their everyday lives, starting in preschool. High School is far too late to spark interest. Unfortunately, in my experience, this is too much to expect of over-worked and underpaid teachers at almost every level, most of whom do not have sufficient science background to do more than stick to state-defined curricula.\n\nHow to improve science education, then? Scientists need to volunteer! Offer to teach a 1 day or 1 week session (or longer if you can) on experimentation at a local school or in your child's own classroom. Challenge the kids to come up with their own theories and test them -- no matter how simple or simplistic they may seem. Help them see how REAL science is accomplished, step by step. Tie it in with the required curriculum, and most teacher's I've worked with will be delighted. They don't feel they've lost important class time, and the teachers I've done this for have told me that the impact of my short stint in the classroom had lasting effects, with students applying scientific theory on their own throughout the school year. And, don't forget to help out at local science fairs. Top quality judges are always needed, and usually in very short supply.\n\nAt the high school level, funding is in short supply and many schools lack adequate equipment and materials to offer good lab opportunities. If you work somewhere where equipment or reagents are being discarded, investigate the possibility of getting those materials donated. They'll do far more good in the classroom than on the trash heap.