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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM Education is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it.
STEM Education and Cooking!
Imagine you are baking a cake. To do this correctly, you need to bring about the right conditions for the right chemical reactions to occur. You need to use math to ensure all your measurements are exact. Using digital thermometers or scales could be needed. You may even spend a lot of time engineering the cake into a recognizable shape. Finally, you can bring in the Arts (making it a STEAM activity – where A means Arts) as you apply your icing in a way that makes your creation beautiful and appetizing.
STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A STEM-based lesson has real-life situations to help the student learn and integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Over the past decade, STEM education has been moving to the forefront and careers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are increasing. STEM education is crucial to success. To tackle the hurdles in the STEM crisis, it’s our job as parents to encourage our children to try their hands at STEM subjects, whether they simply want to boost creativity in daily life or begin the track to a promising STEM career.
Here are 8 benefits of STEM education:
Prepares children for upcoming technological innovations:
It teaches kids to be proactive about technology. It prepares kids for the technological innovations they will undoubtedly experience in their lifetime. More and more, technology is an integral part of life that kids need to understand.
Enhances problem-solving skills:
STEM education builds and encourages problem-solving skills. In STEM activities, students learn how to analyze problems and then work to correct and overcome them.
Greater understanding of concepts:
Children need to engage and apply concepts in a deeper, more thorough way, leading to a greater understanding of the concepts.
Application of knowledge:
STEM is motivating, engaging and real-world inspired. Knowledge is taught the way it is used in the real world, with concepts and subjects interwoven seamlessly. Children integrate and apply all this knowledge.
Instills creativity and innovation:
Creativity can co-exist with science and technology and lead to creative careers like in Architecture and Graphic Design.In our world of innovation, creativity is the fuel for new technologies and ideas. Creativity allows students to see problems in new ways and to think outside of the box.
Teaches Teamwork, collaboration, and communication:
STEM makes it accessible to children of all levels of ability. Even within one team, various ability levels can work together and learn together. Communicating your finding and solutions accurately and effectively whether through recording data, writing reports, or giving presentations is key to taking action.
Encourages Risk Taking:
Observing needs, developing ideas, experimenting with solutions encourages an important level of risk-taking that many kids want to avoid. Children will learn to stand up for their idea, make it happen, and if it fails, to try again.
Complete Process Learning:
Children will experience the whole process of completing a project from start to finish. The skills to learn how to research, plan, gather data, design, and draw conclusions are vital to the success of kids looking to solve real-life needs.
Builds Perseverance and Determination:
Students have the freedom of thinking critically, creatively and to innovate. And opportunities are provided for children to fail and try again in a safe environment. It emphasizes the value of failure as a learning opportunity and helps embrace the mistakes. It gives kids confidence to make goals and take measurable steps to achieve them.
Fosters a love of learning:
STEM fosters a love of learning, instilling a passion and drive to learn. It drives curiosity and a belief in the abilities of the child and a thirst for knowledge. With these skills in their toolbox, they will be equipped to tackle the challenges of higher education and the real world.
So encourage your children to try out some cool STEM projects and build bridges, towers, dams, or ramps and simple machines. Be it skateboard parks or wind farms, many inventions started with an idea and a plan. Most importantly, they all started with a person who wasn’t willing to give up on his or her idea. You can check out the 16 Best STEM Picture Books for your children to help you get started.
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