You may have already heard this, but "geek" and "nerd" are no longer disparaging monikers for kids. The kids who are embracing the science behind what makes the world work could play crucial roles as scientists in the future.
If you're looking for ways to inspire your children, here are seven interesting careers to be featured on PBS Kids' "Sid the Science Kid" Dec. 5-9:
Zoologist or marine biologist: Kids already love animals, so you don't have to convince them of the benefits of a job that revolves around them.
Robotics: Many middle schools and high schools are implementing robotics programs to encourage and educate students interested in science.
Inventor: By helping your child foster his or her imagination while it's running wild, you may be providing the inspiration for them to come up with the next big idea.
Computer engineer: Have you noticed that your son or daughter is able to navigate your smartphone more easily than you can? If you have a child who's a computer whiz, there's no better career that will offer more opportunity in the future than one in computer engineering.
Astronomer: If your child is a stargazer, let them know with training, they could land in a career where it's their job to research far-off universes.
Aerospace engineer: Most kids are fascinated by flight. If your child knows that scientists are the ones who make it possible, they might be interested in studying to become an airplane designer or satellite engineer.
Civil engineering: Is your child fascinated by trains and tall buildings?
The people who are responsible for building and designing our transportation systems and the places where we live are scientists, too.