I teach high school astronomy, but perhaps you can take something from my two philosophies on this. This could easily be adapted to other grade levels or areas of science.
1) Guage your student interest and incorporate science based on the interest that year.
Each year, what interest my students changes. For example, in 2022 and 2023 it was the Artemis missions, our next set of missions to the moon. The students had hear about the mission, so I choose to integrate that into activities for my students last year and early this year.
This year, a new topic came up in class, Pluto..planet or not. So I went with it.
Last night, we some of my students saw the Northern Lights, so we talked about and did activities to explore why this happens.
You will need to guage your students to see what their interests are at the moment. I'm always open to current events and if the students have a peaked interest in what's going on in science we explore it. There is more work when you respond to current science, but you will see greater interest in science.
2) Incorporate science topic articles into your curriculum. Each unit, I try to have at least two articles. The first one usually focuses on science and culture. I try to tie into the culture of my current students or students they know. For example I currently have a high Hmong population of students so incorporated an article on the Lunar New Year. I try to be inclusive of equity and diversity.
The second article usually focuses on a current event or upcoming event or technology or application of math. Recently I had my students read an article that I wrote focused on the upcoming mission to the Moon. Another recent article / activity was focused on scale and distances in space. I tied this article to space, communication with spacecraft, & how student communication technologies work. That was how I related it to them.
I hope this gives you some ideas.