Parents always ask me, “What is STEM?” STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM integrates the four content areas to focus on real-world applications, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Many people prepare for emergencies by stocking up on survival supplies such as: food, water, and clothing. Now, parents need to prepare and expose their children to STEM real world problems to help them prepare for their future careers. We need to involve children in STEM at an early age. Our government and businesses are working together to support and promote STEM initiatives. They are aware of global shortage of STEM professionals. As an example, aerospace companies are unable to fill STEM career fields with the future of aviation.
It’s important for children to ask questions, conduct research, come up with multiple ideas, and engineer a solution. The integration of STEM into a child’s daily life will prepare them to excel in math and science.
If your child has never been exposed to STEM, there are available options such as school science fairs or after school enrichment programs. Learning centers such as The STEM Shoppe offer FREE classes for children ages 5-13.
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an elementary educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-6 teachers state-wide.