STEM At Home
STEM is all around your home.
Cooking, repairing a bicycle, gardening, helping you fix the toilet, taking care of a fish tank – these are all activities that could be suitable for your child. Think of others that involve observing, asking questions and defining problems, looking for evidence, evaluating information, planning and investigating, measuring, using tools – all practices of scientists and engineers – that you can do at home. Encourage scientific play in young children. For example; provide water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and a bowl in a “mess allowed” area of the kitchen.
Children are naturally curious. Seek out answers to their questions together. Model lifelong learning by exploring the internet together, or taking a trip to the library. Look for questions and answers everywhere: your yard, a park, or a museum. Be creative and you will probably learn, too.
You are important in your child’s extracurricular education.
- Plan trips to museums, activity centers, nature preserves, national parks, and zoos. Schedule factory tours. See the Places to Go page in the Student section of this website for specific suggestions.
- If you watch TV, watch together and offer something stimulating. Talk about the programs you view.
- Encourage participation in clubs, scouting, camps, and other informal learning opportunities. See what your park district and local library have to offer. Community colleges frequently offer kids’ programming, as well.