November 8 is National STEM/STEAM Day, and we’re excited to celebrate! STEM/STEAM day provides an opportunity to focus on helping kids advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Creating understanding around STEM and STEAM is a big topic of conversation today.
We need to create awareness about a salient contradiction in the world of STEM today; while the need for STEM-oriented jobs is on the rise and the future seems ever dependent on STEM, statistics, however, show that there is a decline in student interest. Even more worrisome is the fact that there are not enough teachers skilled in those subjects.
So to keep STEM on the front-burner is a responsibility that we all have to undertake, and there is no better day to do that than today. Here are ways your kids can celebrate National STEM day:
Show off what they know. We know that project-based learning helps reinforce essential concepts – let your kids create a program or mini-game explaining and exploring STEM topics.
Turn everyday occurrences into learning opportunities. What better way to celebrate National STEM Day than to bring STEM to life? For example, if it’s raining, teach your kids about the water cycle.
Engage their interests. Learning is a lot easier when interest is genuine. So ask your child what they’re curious about – whether it’s the ocean’s tides, groundbreaking women in history, or the life cycle of a butterfly – and help them explore their curiosity as they learn.
What STEM/STEAM activities are you doing with your child to celebrate?