Simple Ways to Introduce Your Child to STEM at an Early Age
Did you know, introducing your children to STEM skills early on serves as the foundation for a future career?
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. In today’s world, employers of all kinds are seeking workers skilled in STEM disciplines.
What are some valuable skills learned and developed via STEM activities? We’re glad you asked!
- Problem-solving skills
- Coming up with creative solutions
- Intellectual curiosity
Research confirms the human brain is particularly receptive to learning logic and math between 1 and 4 years of age, so the earlier we can get our youth interested in STEM, the better!
5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Learning STEM Skills
- Head outdoors! Take your young learner outside, whether it’s on a walk in a nearby park or in your own garden, and encourage them to explore nature. Start asking “what” questions, so that your child begins to observe and communicate: “What are those birds doing?” “What shapes do those rocks make?”
- Play with water, build towers and blow some bubbles. All childhood musts, but they also help your kids explore some STEM ideas! Building blocks help expand your child’s engineering and design skills. Water play can introduce them to volume and weight, as you test which objects can sink or float. And blowing bubbles provides the opportunity to study science concepts like light and elasticity!
- Choose games in the edutainment category. There are a number of STEM-related games and gifts on the market, from LEGOs and chemistry sets to DIY robots and Harry Potter coding kits! These games are both fun AND educational, encouraging a foundation for a future love of math, technology, science and engineering.
- Visit a local science museum. Before children can read, they often learn by what they see or do. What better than to get them seeing and doing at a local science museum! Many have a number of interactive exhibits to choose from, in addition to IMAX theaters, planetariums, 3D simulators, and more!
- Don’t rely on school alone. Your child will certainly start dabbling in math, science, technology and engineering subjects during the school year, but if there is a local camp or after school program available, sign them up! The more involved your child gets with STEM subjects, the more they’ll want to learn and better their skills.
But where does one find a local camp or after school program? Why at your local Engineering For Kids of course! Contact your local Engineering For Kids to find out more about all we can offer your child.