Today, I’m giving thanks for STEM education. While my focus in education is in the social sciences, I definitely appreciate the importance of STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, education. With so many of our jobs these days based, in some way, on these disciplines, it only makes sense to further student desire to engage in them, right?
I am a big believer in a balanced approach to education. I often say that the social sciences help us understand what we do as a people, music and arts help us to understand why, and the STEM disciplines help us to understand how. My wife, being an engineer, loves to understand the “how”. As such, she has started to organize math and science nights at our girls elementary school. The parents bring out the entire family and spend time exposing the kids, and themselves sometimes, to various activities that may or may not be part of the regular curriculum.
Teachers, parents, local companies, and even science organizations in the area all volunteer their time. The kids come back to school more excited than ever about learning.
Are you giving thanks for STEM? How do you engage your kids in STEM education? Do your schools host special nights to help get them excited? Make sure you follow along and see what else I’m giving thanks for.