The industrial revolution made it necessary for all children to learn to read. We started out with the alphabet and nursery rhymes – and progressed onto harder literature. Similarly, the current technological revolution is making it critical for all children to understand STEM, from a young age. STEM refers to the learning of science, technology, engineering and math and as we continue to grow and become more modern, these topics are becoming more and more fundamental.
The technology gap
Unfortunately, many of us can sometimes feel overwhelmed when it comes to all things technological. And teaching it to our children may be something we are simply not confident to do. Such aversions to STEM subjects are then passed on – and we cannot expect a child’s interest, imagination and passion for these concepts to come about solely from going to school, if they have no involvement with them at home. As mentors, parents, teachers, we should be looking to cultivate and nurture opportunities for kids to engage with fundamental STEM concepts and related activities outside of the classroom.
What you can do
Going back to college to get a science degree in order to help your children might be a little over-the-top. Instead, you could do simple things such as, getting them to notice what is around them. Scientists have shown that observation is an important and initial step to understanding science. With time, children are able to make more important observations and develop the understanding and skills necessary to comprehend them. You could also ask them to explore their “flavour-of-the-month” – topics or things that are currently capturing their attention and imagination – and encourage them to star utilising their navigation and spatial skill to explore and describe how they think they work.
This not only helps increase their vocabulary but can also play a role in boosting their self-confidence in using language that is related to STEM. Children that used words such as, predict, experiment and measure, have been shown to be more likely to choose STEM subjects in their later years of education.
Cultivating curiosity, passion and imagination for STEM
STEMmates hopes to dispel the misconceptions that STEM subjects are only for older learners and that there could be other more important topics that should be concentrated on when children are still young. Our specially designed courses target children as young as 7-years-old and immerse them in advanced concepts such as Robotics and Oceanography.
No matter how young your child is, you can play an important role by getting them interested in STEM from the comfort of your home. You can also sign them up with our expert teachers who will give them the guidance that they need to thrive.