Inspiring a Curiosity for STEM
Apr 19, 2016
One of the most important 21st-century skill sets for children is education in the “STEM” subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
West Vancouver Sylvan Learning offers exciting after-school STEM programs—ask about our Robotics, Coding and Math Edge classes.
You can also nurture these skills at home. Here are ways to develop hands-on STEM knowledge around the house:
Build, design, create. Encourage your child to build a ramp, a marble rollercoaster, a zip line for a LEGO® figure, or to knit or sew. Creating complex patterns or designs helps kids to envision objects in three dimensions.
Step into the kitchen. What better way to learn science than with do-it-yourself experiments? Find a book on kid-friendly science projects, and let the learning begin!
Start with a question. “How might we...?” “How does...?” “Why does...?” “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could...”
Take things apart. If your child doesn’t want to build, hand over a screwdriver and an old electronic toy or clock radio. Maybe they won’t be able to put it back together, but they’ll glimpse its inner workings!
The best way to inspire a love for STEM is with hands-on learning. Have fun!
For more information about Sylvan Learning’s Robotics, Coding and Math Edge classes in West Vancouver, please give us a call.