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|In this Guest Post by Joe Humphries you will learn Why You Should Teach and Learn STEM|
What is STEM?
Some may be wondering why it is that the acronym STEM seems to be everywhere these days. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The prevalence of STEM talk stems from the importance it has in the lives of many. It shapes the world and teaches many important skills.
STEM helps children in various ways, teaching problem-solving skills while preparing them for quickly evolving technological methods and fostering creativity. It’s the key to achieving an optimal thought process when confronting things in life. Thesis type of thought process comes naturally when participating in fields like architecture and graphic design.
The methods through which STEM subjects are taught include space to indulge in children’s creativity. What child is not wide-eyed at the thought of solving problems and having fun? Feeding a child’s curiosity allows for learning different things at a fast pace, helping with things like math which becomes an enemy to many as they begin to grow up.
When tough topics are made kid-friendly, all types of thought processes can be developed. Subjects for kids that were once thought inaccessible can be accessible. STEM can make learning a daily activity while developing good habits at an early age.
Where do I start with STEM?
There are many types of STEM activities which can keep children engaged and learning.
- Science projects like creating volcanos or catching fireflies in a jar
- Structures such as bridges, pulleys, levers, develop a sense of engineering
- Puzzles and LEGO can be included in math activities.
- Apps that teach technological learning like coding and robotics
These activities help children learn technology and expand their mind in a family-friendly and educational way.
These fun activities come with a countless amount of skill sets and facts to learn. Schools using STEM-related processes should serve to help children fulfill their education. Many specialized jobs open up to those who have similarly specialized skills.
Exciting STEM careers
STEM is for setting a foundation for curiosity and developing certain skills. Students taught STEM have a potential lifetime of jobs and financial stability.
- Growth for STEM jobs is twice as much as non-STEM jobs.
- STEM workers tend to earn about twenty-six percent more than non-STEM workers.
- The advantages of teaching and learning STEM subjects is at an all-time high
- Nine of the ten fastest growing occupations, that require a college education, will require significant math and science training.
If not swayed by the positive aspects of fun and learning, at least do it for financial gain!
Parents and teachers encouraging STEM activities will create an entirely new generation of interesting and successful students. STEM studies also encourage top level teachers. Most importantly, it will keep children engaged and excited to learn new important things. Teach and learn STEM!
Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media specialist for STEM Store. He regularly writes for teaching blogs with an emphasis in educational toys.