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What is STEM and How Can You Engage Your Child?

STEM is becoming a very popular term in education circles.   So what is STEM?   It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.

But STEM is not just about learning the periodic table or trigonometry signs.   It is a philosophy of developing hands-on problem solving skills through gathering evidence, research and making sense of data and information.   In an increasingly complex world, future potential careers will be in fields related to STEM or that leverage problem solving skills that are developed through these subjects.

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Now that you are familiar with the topic, here are some helpful tips for parents to engage their child and develop strong problem solving and research skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

1) Create an Environment Outside of School:  Give educational programming a try programs like the Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth, PBS’s Sid the Science Kid or History Channel’s Modern Marvels.  Engage in other activities like visiting a science centre or other extracurricular programs like Mad Science.   After the show or program talk about the areas learned together.

2) Display curiosity and show your interest in learning.  Your enthusiasm should rub off on your child.

3) Encourage Asking Questions: Encourage your child to ask how and why to develop a problem solving mindset.  If you don’t know the answer to their question, learn about the topic together to encourage building research skills.

4) Use Real Life Examples:  For example, when you throw a ball in the air, use it to talk about gravity.

Additional Resources:

Successful STEM Education

STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide

National Geographic Education

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