Here at Learning Resources, we’re so excited about STEM, we decided to name a month after it!
That’s because STEM has the potential to help children go really far in life. With a background in STEM, your child may be able to discover the next great scientific breakthrough. Build the next great architectural marvel. Spark the next great technological leap forward.
The possibilities of STEM inspire us. And we want to help make STEM inspiring to children… and their parents. That’s why we created a great new line of toys that helps make STEM learning more intuitive, more engaging… and more fun.
But first things first. As a parent, you’ve probably heard the term STEM, either at school, from other parents, or in the news. Wonder what the big deal is?
Let’s start at the beginning…
What STEM is…
STEM stands for:
While those 4 study areas have individually been around forever, the focus on using them together, as a critical area of need for kids in the U.S., is relatively new. That’s because, as our world and workplaces came to be more and more focused on technology, employers began to notice that our school systems weren’t teaching kids the right skills for the next wave of high-tech jobs.
Both President Bush and President Obama launched national initiatives to place more of an emphasis on, and provide more funding for, STEM education. They’ve been joined by some of our most prominent business leaders, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, in drawing attention to the critical need to teach kids STEM skills.
Why STEM matters…
For our kids, STEM fields represent one of the greatest areas of future career opportunities.
STEM jobs are widely considered to be likely to grow faster and pay better than non-STEM jobs in the coming years. Consider these facts:
- There will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018 1
- Growth in STEM jobs will be 43% higher, compared to non-STEM jobs 2
- STEM salaries will be 11% higher than non-STEM jobs 2
Even if your child doesn’t go on to pursue an education or a career in a STEM-related field, the benefits of STEM learning include building critical thinking, problem solving, and logical deduction skills.
These are all crucial developmental areas that can help our kids thrive… no matter what they choose to ultimately grow up to be.
Making STEM fun…
Here’s the best part about STEM… it can be fun!
At Learning Resources, we’ve always believed that hands-on play is the key to helping kids learn. And STEM is a natural fit for all kinds of intuitive learning activities.
Think your kids would like to help you build a birdhouse or dollhouse? Guess what, they’re learning engineering skills.
Do your kids ever go out in the backyard and experience nature by touching trees, jumping in leaves, or splashing in puddles? Good news, they’re engaging in an early form of scientific discovery.
The possibilities are endless. And as a mom or dad, you can encourage your little ones to build STEM skills with simple prompts, open-ended questions like, “Where do you think the water from that puddle came from, and subtle, but persistent, encouragement.
What do you think? Have questions about STEM? Or maybe some tips and tricks for STEM learning you’d like to share with other moms and dads. If so, celebrate STEMuary with us by emailing us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to hear from you!
- Adecco, STEM Skills drive innovation, https://www.adeccousa.com/employers/resources/infographic-stem-skills-are-driving-innovation/, accessed 2/6/2017
- STEM Education Coalition, STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Jobs, http://www.stemedcoalition.org/, accessed 2/6/2017