STEM is the acronym used when talking about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These subjects are vitally important to our world and the people in it. This importance can be seen in the rapid rate at which jobs in STEM fields are growing in the United States. Educating children and fostering their love for STEM will help them become the important scientists and engineers of the future, well rounded citizens, and lifelong learners.
STEM in our World
STEM impacts every aspect of our lives. The food you eat, the car you drive, the cellphone in your hand, and the antibiotic in your fridge are all a product of STEM. Everyday, new discoveries are being made in medicine. Young people with a love of science have the potential to synthesis some new life saving treatment in the future. Research about car crashes and safety measures are constantly revolutionizing the way we travel. Your little one who loves building with Legos and creating new things may grow up to engineer the next model of airplane, or self-driving car. The potential for development, growth and change in the STEM field is limitless, and the sky's the limit with the up coming generation.
Jobs in STEM fields are projected to increase by up to 60% in the next ten years! This pressing demand for well educated people with a passion for STEM will be filled by this upcoming generation. Former president of the United States, Barack Obama encourages young people to “move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math." The federal government have recently attempted to increase STEM in elementary curriculum in an attempt to fill the incredible increase in job availability with well educated, passionate individuals (Department of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership, https://www.ed.gov/stem). After school programs such as The STEM Shoppe supplement these efforts by offering children an opportunity to have hands on, positive experiences with the subjects they learn about in school. This comprehensive exposure to STEM will prepare children to continue to learn and excel in STEM careers in the future.
Benefits of Starting Young
Studies have shown that when individuals have positive experiences with math and science as young children, they are more likely to stick with the challenging demands of STEM paths in college and careers later in their life (Wang, Motivational Pathways to STEM Career Choices: Using Expectancy-Value Perspective to Understand Individual and Gender Differences in STEM Fields, National Center for Biotechnology Information). Exposing children to fascinating and fun experiments that are hands on and engaging can provide that positive experience. Challenging children to solve difficult puzzles and engineer creative solutions leads to an increase of confidence in their ability to do hard things.
Why the STEM Shoppe?
At the STEM shoppe, our goal is to catch that spark and inspire your children to love learning, experimenting, and creating. We encourage curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity through STEM challenges, hands on experiments, and engaging activities! Our students with monthly memberships have the opportunity to do different activities every week, such as; exciting chemical reactions, coding with robots and computer software, various STEM challenges and much more. As a staff, we care about each child and are committed to providing a safe environment for growth and fun! Registration is open now for monthly memberships. Save $20 by enrolling your child for a school year of fun at the STEM shoppe now! http://www.thestemshoppe.com/monthly-memberships.html
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an elementary educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-6 teachers state-wide.