How to Get Your Kids Interested in STEM (Without Forcing It on Them) #makereducation
Lifehacker has a few strategies for parents who are trying to get their kids more into STEM.
Hopefully your kids are getting a great education in science, technology, engineering, and math at school, but chances are those classes aren’t enough to instill a lifelong interest in these fields for most kids. As parents, however, there are a lot of easy ways we foster a greater love of learning and exploration in STEM subjects in our children.
STEM Doesn’t Have to Be a Love It or Leave It Subject
I recently asked a group of Girl Scouts what they thought about STEM subjects: Did they enjoy them? Did they think they are good at them? I heard a resounding no from the majority in the room. And yet when we did some activities (a real-life Move the Turtle game to mimic programming, for example), each one of them was involved and, yes, interested. They enjoyed the activities when they weren’t presented as “learning about technology” or having to learn science facts because there’s a test on Friday.
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