Why Should We Care About S.T.E.M?
What is S.T.E.M.?
According to Live Science.com, "S.T.E.M. is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach." People in S.T.E.M. related jobs use their knowledge in those specific areas to solve real-life problems.
S.T.E.M. also stimulates growth in areas like:
These are all critical skills that are needed in any profession. Enhancing our children's S.T.E.M. education is imperative to their success and will help them become innovators of the future.
Why is S.T.E.M. Important?
The way we search for and receive products, services, and information is changing rapidly. Our children need to start learning and practicing these critical principles now so that they can become the future innovators our world needs.
Here is a break down from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
"Science workers study the physical and natural
world through observation and experimentation."
"Technology workers use science and engineering
to create and troubleshoot computer and information
"Engineers and engineering technicians use math,
science, and technology to solve real-world problems.
The work often involves developing systems, structures,
products, or materials."
"Math workers use numerical, spatial, and logical
relationships to study and solve problems."
With many children transitioning to online learning, you may be concerned that they are spending too much time on their computers and tablets. Here are some activities that your children can do that does not require any screen time!
Backyard Coding- Left Brain Craft Brain
This activity teaches your child about conditionals, specifically If and Then!
Let's Build a Structure Out of Legos- Brain Power Boy
In this activity, your child will use computational thinking (taking a large problem, breaking it down, and understanding it in simpler terms) and create an algorithm (a set of simple instructions) to build a Lego structure!