Introducing STEM activities in kindergarten and elementary without live experiments
Studies have shown that the ‘catch them young’ approach is the best way to sustain a better technological and economic growth in the nearest future. Science Technology Engineering and Mathematical growth are the driving force behind a rapidly growing economy.
The current disposition in the technological sphere as regards the next generation, is to inculcate the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematical spirit in them. There is a need for us to balance bricks in order to build a wall, and to support this; research shows that the earlier we guide and support the way our children wonder about the world and then identify opportunities for our children to acquire foundational STEM skills through some educational and entertaining guidance, the more successful they will be in all areas of learning and life in the long run.
Of course, children often show great natural curiosity about the world and remarkable capacity to learn on their own, they need adult assistance to foster, guide and use some tech presentation to help them build on their curiosity and ensure adequate early STEM experiences.
The importances are below:
- High-quality STEM introduction provide young children with opportunities to develop some values like critical thinking, executive functioning, and problem-solving skills that cut across subject areas (within and outside of STEM disciplines) and that set the stage for how they'll approach learning and think about rich content in the future. These experiences also provide children with engaging, motivating, and relevant contexts in which to practice and learn many of the other skills they are working on, including their emerging language and literacy skills.
- Children’s earliest experiences with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics propel them to their later engagement and success in any field of interest. Children have the tendencies to learn both negative and positive impression from adults. So, it is crucial to provide positive opportunities for them in their formative years in order to shape their attitudes and beliefs on their ability to succeed in the STEM's discplines all the more.Most adults, use science and technological tools in their teaching curriculum to help children. And this is where STEM comes in as it is necessary for scientific thinking such as observation, investigation, inference, interest and curiosity. Also, with STEM, their attitudes towards science will be affected positively.
- According to the United State Department of Education, not very many people are working in the area of STEM or pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field. However, since the world is becoming more complex, then it is important for children to learn about STEM right from their young age so that they can continue to contribute to the complex of researches in the world as they grow up.STEM's educational target is to raise students who will envision and develop solutions to challenges that interest them, and also apply their mathematic and scientific content knowledge in the context of technological designing and problem solving by using problem-based learning and authentic scientific inquiry.
- The National Academic Press of the United States says that children thrive and learn most when they are in a playful environment that promotes learning through fun activities. This, gives an account of how helpful the introduction of STEM would be at the early stage of their life. This is because STEM appears like a creative play most especially provoked with entertaining presentations at the beginning. So, by engaging in STEM, children are without a shadow of doubt gaining more skills.
- Math skills and other STEM competencies are important to any country’s long-term competitiveness globally, since today’s kids will be tomorrow’s workforce, and with STEM skills, high-quality workforce is guaranteed. So why can't we start empowering them to have what it takes to be competitive in the future now.
Let’s move from introduction into what we have discovered.
During the search for cool videos gadgets that would inspire kids in mechatronics, and robotics, we found some crazy devices from Jules Verne amusement park, in Nantes, France. They look like “steampunk“ planet and this was something definitely worth sharing with kids.
We now applied learning app lessons with Vern’s creatures as an element of surprise...and guess what, it was a total game changer, we totally blew the kids imagination in a positive way off course. First of all, they were so amazed with the creatures. We are talking about children that see every day special effects on screens who shouldn't be easily amazed, but we did it.
They talked for hours days after, and did not only stop on sharing impressions but more importantly many of them created creatures on their own. One cute boy among them even said: “I know what I’ll do when I grow up, I want to make robots“. We totally encourage decision making.
If this is not an easy, with minimum resources, positive impulse for six-year-old kids and STEM activities in kindergarten and later in elementary school, then I really do not know what is. Many kids will be so lucky to see it live, but this is the way to share worthy and motivating videos for the future cause.
Learning apps with STEM and other activities can be downloaded here.