STEM learning is very important these days. These concepts inspire creativity, curiosity and problem solving skills. Believe it or not, this is something that you can incorporate at home. Here are a few ideas:
- Set up a maker corner: This is a spot that allows children to experiment with many different materials. Some examples include Legos, cardboard boxes, wood blocks, popsicle sticks, Solo cups, etc.
- Get children involved: Have children help with cooking, home repair and gardening.
- Visit STEM themed websites: Websites such as National Geographic Kids, code.org, Scratch.com, NASA STEM Engagement, Ask Dr. Universe or Billnye.com.
- Conduct experiments at home: Many simple science experiments are available online these days. You can conduct the experiments at home (dropping a Mento into a bottle of Coke is a great place to start) or you can look them up on YouTube. Make sure to discuss the experiments with your child. Ask, What was the problem? What do you think will happen? Why? How did that happen? What did you learn?
- Take Walks: This can be a quick activity that incorporates exercise. Ask your child to point out things they think are interesting. Maybe a funny looking bug, or a plant that looks different. Ask open ended questions to spark their curiosity.