As per the findings of a 2010 survey conducted by a non-profit organization, Change the Equation, approximately one-third of American citizens would rather scrub toilets than solve a math problem. Of course, this isn’t true for kids, case in point my little one. In today’s globally competitive world, you do not want your child to be part of the 33.3%. This is why an early introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is critical to direct your child towards the right career path.
In a nutshell, STEM is our children’s future. The technological age they live in, their right career choices, and the key to making wise decisions, all stem from a strong foundation in STEM education. Today, technological and scientific innovations have become significantly crucial as we come across both the benefits and challenges of a knowledge-based economy and globalization.
The introduction to STEM should start in early childhood. By giving our kids the right tools that they need to prosper in STEM, you can offer them a big lift up as they enter their professional lives. However, most of us parents, naturally, tend to think about middle school and high school when the subject of STEM is brought up, instead of first grade and kindergarten.
More often than not, STEM education starts with a disorganized introduction to technology and engineering concepts in middle school. And though any exposure to STEM is good, studies show that children who experience STEM in their early childhood are the ones best equipped to build up a comprehensive understanding of the later STEM concepts as they age. This is why we, as parents, need to be actively involved in early STEM education for it to matter.
Since STEM is essential for our kids, our region and country, it is our job as parents and teachers to encourage students currently enrolled in the educational systems, as well future generations, to embrace and understand the technology that affects their daily lives. Children should be supported and advised on the benefits of taking up as many science and math courses as possible, in middle and high school.
Furthermore, enthusiastic and qualified teachers should teach these courses using practical measures and hands-on activities. Making math and science courses enjoyable will not only assist children in learning better but also plant the seed of flare and interest that could in time sprout into a rewarding and exciting STEM career, serving both the individual and the community.
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