As a parent, you have probably heard or read the term “STEM learning” on countless occasions. You hear it from schools, you hear it in advertisements for summer camps and after school programs, and you even hear about it from every toy manufacturer when you are shopping for your children.
What is STEM Learning?
STEM learning refers to a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching the four core areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines reflect a skill-set and an applied knowledge base that more and more employers and industries are looking for in employees (i.e. computer science, computer engineers, coders, traditional engineers, mathematicians, and scientists).
Unfortunately, the United States, which was once a leader in these areas, was found to be falling behind when American students were entering the workforce. Therefore, beginning in 2009, the Department of Education under President Obama began an initiative to push for K-12 students and teachers to become proficient in the core STEM areas. In President Obama’s words:
“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…”
How to Get Your Child to Begin STEM Learning
You don’t have to follow any set curriculum to begin preparing your young children for STEM learning in school. Instead, you can introduce activities into their lives that engage their minds, to make them think in an abstract manner, and to allow them to show an interest in how things work. Examples may include:
- Letting your child garden with you.
- Buying cheap electronics from a thrift shop and letting your child take them apart.
- Playing with one of the many coding robots on the market.
- Taking your child to a children’s science museum.
- Borrowing many books from the library about a wide array of science topics.
- Doing homemade chemical experiments.
- Going on nature hikes or primitive camping.
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