Science happens to be one of our favorite subjects around here. There really just seems to be something for everyone in this subject. There is a little math, a little reading, a little writing, and if you scrapbooking/ lapbooking your science - there is even a little art involved.
In my years of teaching, I noticed that a lot of the science texts for junior high were rather boring, even for me. Yet, to my great relief, recently I have noticed a surge in science texts that really "look" inviting. I believe that is a great hurdle. If kids don't even want to open the text, they sure aren't going to enjoy what's inside.
There are so many great homeschooling science texts available now. We have enjoyed several in the recent years, and have come to really love the Apologia series. We scrapbook our science lessons as well, and have really notice that the interest level gets so much higher when there is some "artistic" fun attached. You might be thinking, "Really, come on 8th graders - scrapbooking their science lessons!" Yes, really. It is a wonderful way to review what they are learning without have to use a pencil/paper.
Keeping science interesting keeps the budding scientists interested!