As parents, we want to make sure that our children are getting the best education possible, as having a strong educational foundation is integral to so many aspects of their lives. With new subjects, classes, toys, and other activities constantly being introduced to society, it can be overwhelming to know what’s best and what our kids actually need to focus on.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts are without a doubt one of the most important areas of education for little minds to encounter. At first glance, some might think that these topics are too complex for young children, however, it’s never too early to introduce them to STEM. Living in a world full of technology, these concepts are more important than ever! Getting a grasp on STEM from a young age will be incredibly beneficial for your child in countless ways.
One of the ways STEM differs from traditional learning is that it integrates different topics and teaches them in an interdisciplinary way. Not only will learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics individually help your child’s mind grow but by focusing on how these topics work together, children can improve their focus, problem-solving, coordination, and organizational skills. As children face more complex topics throughout their educational journey, they’ll be able to utilize these learned skills to help them understand integrated concepts.
STEM topics might not be the first things that come to mind when you think about embracing creativity, but since these concepts focus on innovating and experimenting, any STEM-focused activities will undoubtedly help your child’s creativity soar! STEM is all about making hypotheses and trying various ways to get the results you want, which will also teach your child about determination and persistence. Whether children are getting hands-on with a chemistry experiment, building a craft project, or solving a math problem, they have to think outside the box and can use their innate imagination to do so!
NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) conducted a creativity test and found that 98% of children between the ages of 4-5 received a “creative genius” level score. The same group of children was tested again at the age of 10 and only 30% still scored as a “creative genius.” Five years later, they tested the children another time to find that 12% received the same score. Finally, by the age of 25, a mere 2% of those same individuals were considered to be geniuses.
Young children’s minds are often described as “sponges” and this study helps to reinforce that belief. As you can see, when a child grows older, their creativity decreases and they’re far less likely to be innovators. It’s imperative that children engage with STEM concepts from a young age so that they can fully embrace their ingenuity.
If you’re looking for a great way to introduce your little one to STEM, we offer countless Live, Online classes where your child will learn with engaging material and connect with their peers! Some of our favorite STEM classes include Chemistry Club, Magnatiles Architects, Earth Science, Math Wizardry. Legos and Songs, Chef Math, and Mini Einsteins!