Getting students involved in STEM education is an important way to spark creativity and inspire a lifelong passion for learning. They have to collaborate and think critically about projects and ideas, teaching them how to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.
However, it can be difficult for instructors to get students excited about learning. Here are 5 ways that educators to encourage their students to take an interest in STEM education.
1. Make learning STEM special.
While many schools offer extracurricular activities involving STEM, holding STEM events throughout the day is a fun way to break up the school day. Through foundations such as the SAE Foundation, schools can bring in special STEM programs for their students.
2. Start teaching STEM early.
Research shows that preschoolers understand and benefit from, age-appropriate STEM activities. Starting to teach STEM concepts as early as preschool helps spark a love of math and science that they can carry with them throughout their school careers. Having preschoolers design, test, and present a product or invention is a fun and easy way for them to learn valuable problem solving skills.
3. Connect STEM concepts to the real world.
Showing students how the concepts they’re learning in the classroom will help them in a job setting, makes STEM knowledge more valuable. Bringing in professionals that work in STEM to speak in the classroom, helps students to see how it can be applied in the real world. Taking students on field-trips can also help get students interested in STEM careers.
4. Get families involved.
Teaching families about the importance of STEM education, helps to empower students. Holding fun STEM based activity nights for families can be an entertaining way to engage the community.
5. Take advantage of outside resources.
There are many community businesses and organization that offer STEM scholarships to local schools. National organizations will also provide grants to schools looking to get their students more involved in STEM.
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