Over the past decade there has been a real push for STEM in schools as there is a huge skills shortage where technology is concerned. Initiatives to improve female access to STEM related careers are also growing to help them enter more prestigious careers and reduce the gender gap. We have teamed up with an independent school in Buckinghamshire to share 5 ways that you can explore STEM with your child.
Science museums and tech shows are good ways that you can feed your child’s burgeoning curiosity. They can learn about the new inventions being trialled and meet industry experts that they can quiz and learn from.
Science experiment kits and games like operation are worthwhile investing in as they can give your child a flavour of what it’s like to work in the field. They can also improve their subject knowledge as they learn more about the human body and different chemical processes.
There are an endless number of lessons that you can teach at home too. You can teach them all about particles and the transfer of energy in conduction and convection. Gardening on the other hand can teach children about biology and the plant life cycle.
These games provide children with a platform to experiment and write code. They deliver lessons which they can put into practice by designing their own creations and programming them to perform certain tasks and functions.
There are hundreds of channels on YouTube that carry out crazy science experiments and put their theories to the test. They make for great entertainment and teach children about chemistry and physics. There are also lots of shows that air on TV too like Blue Peter and Sid the Science Kid that support their learning and feed their interest.