How a STEM/STEAM Education Encourages a Love of Science

How a STEM/STEAM Education Encourages a Love of Science
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From the time your child is a baby, he or she is learning about science. From exploring and observing how bath toys sink and float to experiencing weather changes on a walk outdoors, science is everywhere. They may not understand the concepts yet, but scientific learning is taking place

As children grow they are naturally curious - every parent knows that kids question everything! Through hands-on, minds-on experiences and using their senses (sight, touch, sound, smell, and even taste), they learn about science. Even preschoolers test hypotheses against data in a very casual way through observation and invention.

When your kids begin their formal education, their budding love of science should be fostered in their classes. A STEM/STEAM education will ensure that your child’s love of science continues to grow throughout their education and into their careers.

Why is STEM/STEAM So Important to Teach?

A STEAM education encourages investigation and answering questions through experimentation. Adding the other factors to this teaching concept will help students engage in scientific exploration by using technology, engineering, art (by encouraging creativity and illustrating scientific methods), and math.

Research shows that young children should be involved in STEM/STEAM to foster their skills in hypothesizing, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Grasping scientific concepts (as simple as they may be at an early age) is building a base for more complex ideas for years to come.

STEM/STEAM Makes Science Fun

Children should not be afraid of science. With a STEM/STEAM education, students will learn why experimentation is so important, presented in a fun manner. Science gives children the opportunity to play with a variety of tools to make learning science hands-on, comprehensive, and exciting. If science is fun, kids will be more likely to choose a science-related field for their college studies and future career.

Why Should Your Kids Get a STEM Education?

In 2009, President Barack Obama launched the Educate to Innovate initiative so our children could move up the ladder in math and science skills. The government recruited and prepared 100,000 teachers in STEM education to pass along their love of science, along with the other components of STEM, to our children. With a focus on STEM/STEAM teaching, students can further their education, continue to develop their love for science, and move into rewarding careers in science and other STEM fields.

From their first bath time to the classroom, science is one of the best ways for your child to grow their skills in critical thinking and exploration. STEM/STEAM can foster your child’s love for science and exploration while setting them up for a lifelong success. 

Sources:

TheConverstaion.com, What the Difference Between STEM and STEAM?

Wired.com, Why STEM? Success Starts with Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving Skills

ObamaWhiteHouse Archives, Educate to Innovate

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