Developing STEM Skills & Teaching STEM Education Through Play

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Scientist with petri dishes

Technology has drastically changed over the last 20-30 years which has made it more important for young children in the United States to receive the best education possible, especially when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

Why is STEM Education So Important?

Children playing with blocksAlthough over the last few decades the United States has been a leader in STEM fields, recently the US has fallen behind in educating children in mathematics and the science programs. In order to reverse this trend the United States must demand its nation to excel in innovation.

The best way to effectively accomplish this is to insert STEM education into the grade levels of Kindergarten through 12th grade. And as STEM occupations are expected to drastically rise over the next 5-10 years, solid STEM education programs in K-12 will provide the the youth with future job opportunities and help re-establish the US as a dominant force in STEM fields.

Child scientistChildren are constantly learning new things and they are always looking for activities that entertain them. Toys are an perfect opportunity to both entertain and help children learn something new. Providing children opportunities that will not only entertain but also help them learn something new in STEM education will prepare them and peak their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

In this short post we have discussed the need for STEM education for US children. The next post we will help identify toys that build STEM skills

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