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The importance of science and technology to the world cannot be overemphasized. The benefits of science and technology are evident in virtually every part of the world. Children are naturally inquisitive and curious beings, and this characteristic of theirs can be harnessed to build their interest in science and technology with the aid of STEM programs. STEM programs are designed to teach children the practical aspects of the topics that they learn in school. It is essential to train little children, especially minority groups who may not have the opportunity to attend a school with a STEM curriculum. 

STEM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. These are science subjects that form the basis for whatever science course a child decides to study. The importance of STEM education in a child’s life cannot be overemphasized, particularly a child who has an interest in science-related subjects from a young age. Minority children, especially, may not have the requirements and exposure required to build their interests in science. It is, therefore, necessary for STEM programs to be developed in these minority communities so that those children can benefit from them. A STEM-based curriculum helps children to learn and develop their scientific abilities by providing them with practical knowledge. Research shows that giving children an early education in science and the other STEM fields increases their learning abilities. Not all schools have a STEM-based curriculum, but it is essential that they have one. If your kid attends a school that does not have STEM-based curriculums, and you have noticed that the child has a love for science, you should help the child build on this passion with various methods. Also, there are various STEM educational activities in different areas, and your child could benefit from one of the ones closest to you. Parents and teachers alike have a significant role to play in helping children develop an interest in science-related courses. You can help children develop their interests in science effectively in a way that they would enjoy using the following methods:

STEM education helps to reduce the gender and ethnic disparities in science fields. For instance, more women are now involved in the science and math fields than ever before. In the same vein, more individuals from minority groups are now participating and excelling quite remarkably in STEM-related fields. It is vital that, aside from teachers who teach children STEM-related courses in schools, parents should also help in fostering their child’s exposure to STEM by following the steps listed above to enable their children to develop their interests in STEM fields. Parents can also find available STEM activities for children in their area through the link below:

Various STEM-themed books are available for teaching children about these vital subjects from an early age. Such books contain enjoyable science-related stories and project ideas that are bound to arouse a child’s curiosity and kindle an interest in science experiments. Examples of STEM-themed books include: 

These are just a few of STEM-related books, and there are tons of such books with which you can teach and interest your child in STEM-related courses so they can continue to build their curiosity for those areas and contribute to science in the future.

Our little guy loves anything STEM. We started exposing him to LEGOS and STEM related toys and activities when he was about 2 years old and he loves it. We also have him participate in a STEM program in our area where he attends once a month and we supplement his STEM learning through other sources.

I would love to know how you are engaging or exposing your kids to STEM. I believe the more we share with each other the more we benefit from our combined parenting toolbox.

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