For the U.S. to remain an economic and technological leader, we have to equip the next generation with sufficient skills and recognize the critical importance of a science, technology, education and math (STEM) education. Daily life and the world around us presents many opportunities for encouraging your child’s interest in STEM and supporting the in-school curriculum. Here are some easy ways to make STEM education exciting and practical:
- Engage in conversation about STEM-related topics with children in way that pertains to everyday life experiences. When you’re getting dressed talk about the temperature and how the seasons are changing. Discuss how the parts of a bike work together to help create movement. Look at the stars and the moon together. When you’re making dinner, talk about how you’re measuring and the temperature of the oven and how heat affects the food you’re preparing.
- Keep building blocks, puzzles, and board games easily accessible for your children. Have family playtime where you do these activities together.
- Visit local science museums and check the calendar for fun family activities that would interest your child.
- View science and technology TV shows with your child or watch a video online. Discuss what you viewed and what your child learned.
- Try an experiment that you saw demonstrated on TV or in a video. Part of the fun can be gathering the items needed to perform it as well as setting up the experimental lab. You can find many science websites that offer simple experiments you can do at home.
- Join or organize science and technology (S&T) related groups on social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn in order to brainstorm with other parents and caregivers. You may have local groups in your community or at school that you can connect with as well. Lego clubs and science clubs are becoming increasingly popular. If you can’t find one to join, start your own!