Friday 15 November 2019

Exploring STEM Subjects At Home

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STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) can open up fantastic opportunities for students, both in terms of a future career and simply on a personal level. Lots of subjects fall under the ‘STEM’ umbrella, from physics and engineering to medicine and biochemistry. Each of these subjects help students develop highly transferrable skills that they can carry through all aspects of their lives. These skills include things like the ability to work as part of a team, think critically and solve problems.

Boy sitting at a table with an open notebook, next to an ipad and homemade robots

Parents can help their children become acquainted with STEM and cultivate these skills by introducing certain activities in the home, as identified by a private school in London throughout this post. The idea is to stimulate your child’s mind and reinforce their abilities so that by the time they’re in Sixth Form or heading off to University, they will be highly proficient.

Something as simple as a long walk through the forest is a method for exploring STEM. Alternatively, if you don’t want to leave the house, jigsaws and brainteasers are other options. The trick is to encourage your child to be inquisitive, ask lots of questions and solve problems. 

Talk to your child about how the world around them works in harmony to create one planet. For instance, consider how the different seasons affect the trees and plants, and how the trees and plants are beneficial to human life. When you’re cooking dinner, let your child help you by measuring out ingredients and calculating what time you need to put each item in the oven or microwave. When you’re driving in the car, teach them about how the engine works.

These are just some simple examples to get you started. If you would like any more advice or additional information about STEM subjects, don’t be afraid to get in touch with your child’s school. Their teachers will be able to provide you with an outline of the curriculum so that you can focus on similar topics at home. Sites like Pinterest and Twinkle are also full of ideas. 

Enjoy working on your STEM skills!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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