STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them all into one cohesive curriculum based on real-world applications.
STEM can also be taught in very early childhood education in many fun different ways to keep kids engaged and excited about learning.
There are also some great camps for STEM learning that are perfect for working moms like myself to keep their kids having fun and learning called Snapology.
Snapology is expanding to the Detroit area and now is a great time to start your own – find out how you can start a franchise of your own with Snapology!
Snapology of Detroit will offer hands-on activities for children ages 1-14 using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Snapology’s mission is to provide children an opportunity to engage in playful learning activities that spark their imagination, tap into their creativity and lead to a love of learning.
In addition to camps they also offer Birthday Parties, Workshops, Field Trips, Parents Night Out, Anti-Bullying Programs and more.
Now here are a few fun STEM activities you can play with your children this summer at home.
Source: The Measured Mom
Fill up a container with water and grab some objects from around the house. Some that will sink and some that will swim. Have your child guess what each item will do. Kids can take turns guessing and talking about their hypothesis on why an item will sink or swim and put it to the test. The Measured Mom has a great printable worksheet.
Source: Handmade Kids Art
Use diffusion and the sun to create a patterned work of art. Using watercolor paper, paint, and black construction paper. The black construction paper blocks the sunlight causing the surrounding exposed painted paper to dry quicker. The watercolor paint moves from underneath the black paper (an area of high concentration) to the surrounding dried area which is a low concentration. This process is called diffusion.
Source: Left Brain Craft Brain
Kids love playing in the dirt so why not let them get dirty and learn while they do! Using test tubes or other clear containers experiment and to see how water affects different types of soil sand, potting soil, backyard dirt or clay.
Now for an Educational giveaway! One lucky winner will win a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator. Enter to win below.