When it comes to inspiring a child to love learning, you just can’t go wrong with science experiments and STEM challenges. These activities tend to be very hands-on and allow kids to be creative and have fun, all while learning.
You probably already know that STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. In recent years the acronym has become a focus word in the education world.
STEM Activities challenge children to think beyond what they can learn through textbooks. They encourage children to explore ideas, work together, and to problem solve. These are skills that are needed as children become adults.
What makes the activity STEM and not just math or science?
Math and science are integrated in the activity, but it’s not just a typical science experiment. Usually the project revolves around the process of engineering (the E in STEM). The activity also engages kids in creating and testing their designs, allowing them to try again if their idea doesn’t work at first.
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Why STEM Activities Are Important
- Science and technology are ever changing and growing. Just look at how how far technology has come in the past 20 years! As a result, STEM occupations are growing at a fast pace.
- STEM education helps bridge the gender and ethnic gaps that can be found in math and science fields.
- Participating in STEM Activities outside of school allows kids to that what they are learning has real-life application.
- Working on STEM projects helps foster collaboration and teamwork skills as well as critical thinking.
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