Disclosure: This STEM learning giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal. I received promotional consideration for this post.
To gain knowledge and be successful in today’s world, it’s not enough to just memorize facts. True learning takes place when people critically think and make decisions based on what they can do with the information gathered. STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) can help students develop these skills. Ths acronym can extend to STEAM with the addition of Arts education. STEM learning revolves around the 4 C’s needed for 21st-century skills: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication.
STEM Learning Benefits
- Critical Thinking Skills
STEM learning requires students to solve a problem by gathering and interpreting information. In other words, kids aren’t just memorizing facts for a test and then forgetting about them shortly afterward. They must problem solve and understand the information in depth to arrive at conclusions and solutions.
- Creativity and Innovation Skills
When people think of creativity and innovation, they often just think of the arts like writing, music, and illustrations. In fact, STEM subjects require a lot of creativity and innovation skills. There’s not always an obvious solution to a problem, so kids need to think out of the box. For example, if kids want to build a robot that can jump, there’s no manual that can necessarily tell them how to do that with their specific robot. They’ll need to tinker, evaluate, and persist to reach their goals.
- Self-Esteem Booster
STEM learning requires setting a goal and taking measurable steps to achieve them. It’s an environment that is supportive of experimentation even if they don’t work out because sometimes the best lessons learned are from failures. When children persist and do achieve their goals, it helps to raise their self-esteem.
- Teamwork and Communication Skills
Some people may think that STEM subjects are mainly individual-focused, such as a scientist who works by himself in a lab or a mathematician solving equations alone. Much of STEM learning is in fact project based. As a result, working in teams is essentials, as well as communicating with teammates and teachers through questions and discussions.
- Career Opportunities
Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our lives today. Much of the world’s leadership stems from countries who excel in STEM fields. Yet according to the U.S. Department of Education, in America, only 16% of high school students have interest in a STEM career. LiveScience.com says, “The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills [STEM] — nearly 600,000.” In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor states that by next year, nine of the 10 fastest growing occupations (that require at least a bachelor’s degree) will require significant scientific or mathematical training. In other words, job opportunities today and in the future align with STEM careers.
Snapology STEM Learning Experience
Many school systems have embraced a STEM curriculum, but not all do. For those that do, some of these schools don’t have the resources to let children explore STEM subjects in an engaging, interactive manner.
Snapology, education-based resource centers, can fill in these gaps. This nation-wide company teaches STEM learning through play using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. The centers provide hands-on, interactive activities for children ages 1-14 years. A STEM education can also help to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. With all of this in mind, Snapology’s mission is to inspire children to pursue careers in STEM fields by introducing them to these subjects at an early age.
Snapology creates STEM learning experiences through enrichment classes, after-school workshops, summer camps, birthday parties, school field trips, scouting events, corporate team building, and more. They offer year-round programs in schools, community facilities, homes and in Discovery Centers (select locations only).
Snapology Children’s Franchise Opportunity
For those looking to start their own kids education-based business, Snapology offers franchising options with new opportunities in New York. Rated a Top 100 Franchise, Snapology franchises are affordable, flexible, and can provide quick profitability. To learn more, visit Snapology.com.
ENTER THE SNAPOLOGY STEM LEARNING LEGO BRICK SET GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a LEGO® bricks set of the Snapology mascot Sebastian Gator (for kids 6+). Enter via the entry form below. Open to entrants with U.S. mailing addresses only.
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