Your child sits slumped over on the couch, eyes glued to her iPhone, intent on catching the latest Pokemon or Snapchatting with her friends. You try to ask her if she wants to go outside, but she just shakes her head.
When you became a parent, you promised yourself that you would have fun with your kids. You would go on hikes and bike rides, teach them how to cook, break out the old chemistry set, or go stargazing with them at night.
You want them to experience the thrill of scientific discovery and all that technology can do!
You've heard all the buzz about how careers in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) can help propel your child to a future successful career as a doctor, engineer, or scientist. But somehow with your busy schedule, you just don't have time to encourage your children to be interested in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Here are three ways to spark your child's interest in STEM.
Explore Hands-On LearningWhether your child is a budding biologist or a reluctant computer programmer, exploring hands-on learning activities like Legos, Erector sets, electronic circuits, or robotics can boost your child's curiosity and get them involved in building things. Try using cloud resources provided by companies like Buckeye Educational Systems to give your child the freedom to run their own experiments and explore science. Having the hands-on experience of getting their hands dirty and trying things on their own will motivate them to explore.
Seek out mentorsGo to your local community college and see if there are any programs specifically designed for kids that focus on STEM topics. Often, there are professors who can take your kid under their wing, offer them a tour of their lab, and let them know what a scientist does in real life. Building a strong relationship now with a mentor will help your child intellectually and emotionally, especially when applying to college.
Since kids these days are often technologically oriented, you can harness this
interest to help your child explore technology. Whether you use programs like
AutoCAD to teach your child design skills, explore Python programming, or build
your own robot, incorporating technology can help keep your child's interest.
Get savvy with technology yourself
These techniques will spark your child's interest in STEM and bond as a family. Using educational software and technology will let your child explore and create.