THE A-Z of STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
I am very excited to open the A-Z of STEM activities for kids series with, What is STEM! So just what is STEM and what is this A-Z STEM series all about? For the past year, my son and I have greatly enjoyed building our science knowledge with more than 30 awesome beginner science activities. We have explored many areas including physical science, chemistry, and Earth science with our Saturday Science blog hop . We have decided to transform our Saturday blog hop into STEM Saturday and broaden the base of activities we create and share with all of you. I thought a great way to kickoff, STEM Saturday would be to create an awesome resource of STEM activities from amazing bloggers around the world!
WHAT IS STEM?
What is STEM? STEM is a real world focus. STEM is hands-on learning that applies to the world around us. STEM builds and teaches creativity, problem solving, life skills, ingenuity, resourcefulness, patience, curiosity. STEM is what shapes the future as our world grows and changes. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is everywhere and in everything we do and how we live. From the natural world around us to the tablets in our hands that show us the world far, far away. STEM builds inventors!
WHY CHOOSE STEM?
Our kids thrive with STEM activities. Whether it be in t’s successes or failures, STEM activities push kids to expand their horizons, experiment, problem solve, and accept failure as a means to success. What is STEM? Science, technology, engineering, and math are key areas for building knowledge and shaping the future of young kids. Choose STEM activities early on and present STEM activities in a playful way. You will not only teach your kids amazing concepts, but you will build a love for exploring, discovering, learning, and creating!
WHAT DOES STEM LOOK LIKE?
From the very first one-to-one counting, sorting, and patterning all the way up to calculus, mathematics is a key part of STEM!
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Is STEM for young kids too?
Yes! STEM is for the young kids too! Digging in the dirt and examining bugs to exploring favorite iPad apps, all involves some form of STEM. As you drive around your community, point out how STEM has influenced and shaped the city. Around the house, point out common tools and items that all have a foundation in STEM. Milk pours from a container because of gravity. Special machines have been designed and built to pasteurize the milk. Use a measuring cup to measure out 8 ounces of milk for a recipe. A simple carton of milk is brought to you by STEM.
WHERE DO I START WITH STEM?
Start here and join along for the next 26 days as we bring you plenty of ideas for kid’s STEM activities. By the end of the month, you will have an awesome resource of STEM activities. I hope we will have also answered the question, What is STEM? with tons of great hands-on examples! See which ones best fit your needs and see how you can adapt those STEM activities that may seem too difficult or too easy!
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