STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM activities give students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of all of these subjects at the same time. Discover several ways that participation in STEM activities can benefit students of all ages.
All STEM activities are interdisciplinary. So, as students work through an activity, they're able to see how concepts from each of the four subjects relate to one another.
STEM gives students the opportunity to learn concepts via hands-on activities that capture their attention and stir up their curiosity. Students are encouraged to experiment to find out what works and what doesn't. Building a catapult, computer coding, conducting a science experiment and designing a board game are just a few of the many STEM activities that engage a child's mind and hands.
When a group of students is working on a STEM activity, they must learn how to work together in order to solve a problem with efficiency. They learn how to distribute responsibilities to members of the group, so all aspects of a project are covered. In addition, if students disagree while predicting the results of an experiment, they have to work it out in a way that moves the project forward. These are valuable skills students carry with them throughout their school years and into their career.
There are STEM activities designed for students in elementary, middle and high school. So, a child can start learning STEM skills at any time and reap the benefits.
One of the biggest benefits of participating in STEM activities is they serve as the foundation for a child's studies in college. Kids who have completed dozens of activities in STEM club have a solid knowledge of the four subjects before even stepping into a college class.
Web developer, mechanical engineer, actuary, and nurse practitioner are some of the careers that incorporate concepts learned in STEM club. Sometimes the activities students participate in prompt them to look into a STEM career they may not have considered. Furthermore, they have the confidence necessary to pursue a rewarding STEM career.
Being a part of a STEM club allows students to make friends with others who are interested in the same things. One student who's especially interested in technology may ignite another student's interest in the subject. Or, a student who loves to work on science experiments can communicate his or her excitement of that to others in a group. Working on a challenging STEM activity is even more fun when it's done with a group of friends who share a common interest.
Our STEM X club is open to all students in the Exeter school district. Club advisors Mrs. Murdoch, Mr. Watson, and Ms. Ellis place students in small groups according to grade level so they can work on age-appropriate activities. Our STEM X club gives each member freedom and encouragement to stretch their mind and imagination!