STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

STEM - legosNurturing the Inner Scientist in Young Children

Children are natural-born scientists and engineers. They are curious about everything and their natural inclination is to explore, to build, and to question.

Yet despite those early instincts, we have a severe shortage of scientists, technology professionals, engineers, and mathematicians. The demand for qualified workers in these fields is very high, yet the supply is low. The need for these skilled workers is one of the main reasons STEM has become such a big issue in education, including early childhood. For the last several years, there’s been a flurry of attention focused on STEM in early childhood—what it is, why it’s important, and ways to promote it.

Research indicates that young brains are especially receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4, and that early math skills are a powerful predictor of later learning. Explore the links below for more info and for projects and activities to engage your child in investigating the world around them.

STEM: Research, Activities & Resources