- STEM isn’t all about coding
Sure coding is fun, but STEM does not have to be screen based or super technical. STEM is also learning about animals, following a recipe, observing the weather, building with blocks, sorting objects, and other simple things. Of course, if you have a future coder in your house, start with these screen free coding activities for preschoolers.
- STEM teaches both children and adults
Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know the answer to a question your child asks – look for and read information together to answer it. Think of yourself as your child’s co-learner.
- STEM teaches children to fail (and fail again)
Experimenting involves testing and learning from failures and successes, so it is a great way to encourage children not to give up if things don’t work on their first try. This mindset goes a long way toward a child’s overall resiliency when faced with tough situations.
- STEM creates lifelong learners
Through experimenting, observing, and thinking, STEM has the potential to mold children into adults who ask questions. These skills also create brains wired to be natural problem solvers.
- STEM encourages all types of learners
Hands on understanding is very important for children learning about how their world works. Some children and adults learn concepts better when they can observe and interact with it.