Exploring the World of Science

Just now starting out as a Middle School Life Sciences teacher and I think that we need to get something to excite the kids about the field of science. I am not really impressed by the curriculum that I was told to teach and I believe the kids could handle a lot more if I was able to motivate them to strive for it. I am thinking about assigning them homework of a different sort for extra credit. I want something to teach them about the perilous planet we live upon, the way that we need to learn more so that we can make right the things which are now wrong. After all it is rather a simple matter to wreck something and extremely difficult to mend it after the fact.