If you ask someone what a stem is, the person will probably say it’s part of a plant. When you follow up that question by asking, “What is STEM?” you might get a blank stare.
Unless you’re an educator or an employer in an industry that relies heavily on employees who have a proficiency in science, technology, engineering or math, you may not know STEM is shorthand for those four topics. Rather, you might not be aware STEM refers to a method of teaching that involves integrated learning in those four subjects using real-life scenarios.
Why Is STEM Learning Important?
Today’s kids are tomorrow’s professionals and leaders. Children need to learn about science, technology, engineering and math to succeed in their future roles. Industries that rely on people who are proficient in those subjects, which include the automobile, manufacturing and supply chain and logistics disciplines, are already grappling with a shortage of workers. That shortage may only worsen if kids continue to lose interest in STEM subjects before they even graduate from high school.
Kids don’t just need STEM knowledge to succeed in an ever-changing workforce in the future. They also need this knowledge to address pressing problems facing society on local, regional, national and global levels.
How Can You Get Your Kids Interested in STEM Subjects?
Now that you understand the importance of STEM subjects, it’s time to get your kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math. While you might think it’s enough to trust your kids will learn about these topics in school, it often isn’t. In fact, the way your children learn about these subjects in the classroom may be the very reason they eventually lose interest in them.
In many instances, classroom learning involves students sitting at their desks while a teacher presents information. Although this traditional format requires your kids to use their eyes and ears, it doesn’t fully engage them because they’re not actively participating in the lesson.
Science Explorers has solved the mystery shrouding how to get kids interested in STEM topics — get them physically involved in STEM learning at an early age.
About Our Science Camps in Newfield, NJ and Nearby Areas
One way we get kids actively involved in learning about science, technology, engineering and math is by hosting science camps across Gloucester County. Kids between the ages of four and 11 are welcome to attend our weeklong science camps on either a half-day or full-day basis.
Whether we’re hosting science camps in Wenonah, Oak Valley, Mullica Hill, Woodbury Heights or another part of Gloucester County, you can rest assured the curriculum we present aligns with national science standards. We teach our campers about many different topics that will grip their imaginations and engage their senses.
What kinds of topics will your children learn about when they attend one of our science camps? Ancient civilizations may be the topic one day while oceanography is on the schedule the next. The topics we cover vary, but one thing is certain — your kids will return home inspired by all the things they learned.
Our After-School Science Clubs: The Details
Hosting after-school science clubs throughout Gloucester County, NJ, is another thing we do to get kids pumped about science. Each club includes a one-hour club session once a week for three to five weeks. Club meetings take place immediately after school, making it convenient for you to coordinate pick up times. At the end of each session, your child will bring home a parent page that explains the topics covered that day and provides ideas for things kids can do at home with you or their siblings to increase their interest in STEM subjects even more.
Sign Your Kids up for a Club, Camp or Both Today
To kick start your kids’ interest in STEM topics, sign them up for a club or camp with Science Explorers now!