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STEM: How To Get Your Kids Interested in Science and Math

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Getting your kids interested in Science and Math subjects can be challenging. Some kids will veer off of these topics because of their technical complexity while others just aren’t interested and would rather play games.

Promote Tactile Learning with Simulators

Leverage tech equipment that will allow tactile or hands-on learning. For instance, you can use the Emriver Em2 stream table. This affordable piece of machine is perfect for demonstrating the science behind a rushing river. With its help, you can simulate the stream or flow of an actual river environment so your kids can have loads of fun learning concepts through practical experience.

Moreover, this fascinating table will also allow you to demonstrate river conservation principles. The best part, this portable equipment is easy to use and setup. This is suited to audiences of varying ages and educational backgrounds.

Engage in Food Science

One of the best ways to get your children interested in STEM is to use food science. After all, who can resist mouth-watering concoctions? When you use food for your experiments, children have fun because they can eat the end product. There are so many things you can teach with food. You can teach fractions by making a pie using your measuring cups. Then you divide the pie into servings when it is time to eat.

In the same token, you can study elements and compounds using simple kitchen ingredients. There are so many things to learn and explore in the kitchen, such as why does water create steam when it reaches its boiling point, how come toast turns brown when it is heated up, or why butter should be soft if you want to make chewy choco-chip cookies. Cooking is a great way to sneak in loads of math and science facts without being boring.

Use the Fine Art of Grocery Shopping to Pique Curiosity

Grocery shopping is an excellent opportunity to teach about mathematics and economics. When you go shopping, point out the deals of the day. Show your children the percentage signs and how it will affect the final price of the item you are buying. They can make quick calculations and estimates of unit prices as you go around the store.

You can also point out how different products come in size. Cans are measured by ounce, milk by the gallon, and meat/produce by pounds. At the cashier, you can let them load up and watch your grocery bill increase with each item. If you are paying by cash, you can make them handle it to teach money concepts, or if you are paying by card, you can explain the concept of credit and interest.

Play STEM Toys and Games

Don’t look down at your children’s love affair with the cubes in Minecraft and Lego! You will never know, but you could have a budding engineer or computer programmer on your hands. You can harness their interest by buying Lego coding and robotics packages. They even have a WeDo 2.0 line for younger primary school kids.

Additionally, there are many STEM toys online from lava-lamp making sets to slime making kits. You can do these fun projects with your children. They may be marketed as games, but these toys are akin to old-school science experiments. On top of that, playing together enforces that learning can be fun. At the same time, you also get to bond with your children.

Let Your Kids Help with Your DIY Projects

To harness the STEM enthusiasm in your children, let them help you with projects around the house. They can be your chief IT (Information Technology) assistant when you’re setting up a new appliance. You can read the manual together and walk through each of the steps involved in completing our project.

On top of that, your children can also help you do small renovation projects like building cabinets or laying out tiles. You can test their measuring skills if they can accurately get the size of wood boards with your tape measure. Projects around that house will keep their hands busy, and their minds engaged with something productive.

Currently, there are close to nine million STEM jobs in the U.S., which represent about 6.2 percent of employment in the country. Guiding your kids toward a STEM-related field can help him/her secure better employment opportunities and career options in the future.

Tim Esterdahl

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