There are not enough students who plan on majoring in the STEAM fields which are science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.
This is not a good thing. STEAM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem based learning in which the student should be able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work, and global issues.
We want to make sure that we are preparing our future students at an early age for STEAM degrees. Here are some ways to create a STEAM mentality at home with your child:
- Encourage your child to take an interest in STEAM subjects at an early age. STEAM education begins when children are very young. Early exposure to STEAM education will benefit your child.
- Build their confidence and instill an “I can do it” attitude. Attitude determines your altitude.
- Make sure your child is well versed in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math throughout their educational career. They should be at the top of their game in math and science. Obtain a tutor to help your child excel in these subjects.
- Parental involvement is essential for STEAM success. Attend all school events and parent nights to learn more about a STEAM education and the things your child will learn in the classroom.
- Teach your child the real world applications of problem solving. You want to show your child how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life.
- Focus on independent thinking, critical thinking skills, risk taking, and thinking outside of the box. Children should be taught to learn from their mistakes and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
- Expose your child to hands-on learning. Set up hands-on science and engineering experiments in your home with your child and encourage them to experiment. Ask questions and have them to predict the outcome.
- Find a trusted adult who works in a STEAM field and allow your child to spend time with them at their job and learn more about their profession.
- Sign your child up for STEAM education experiences and programs. There are STEM camps, summer camps, after school programs and workshops.
- Explore STEAM extracurricular activities for your child because they provide an opportunity for learning in an exciting way.
- Explore STEAM games and toys that encourage your child to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Some of these include The Magic Bus Engineering Lab, Educational Insights’ My First Microscope and 4M Math Magic Kit.
- Take your child on meaningful trips. These trips should stimulate, inquire and enrich your child’s mind.
Obtaining a STEAM education is a great investment and it is important to convey that message to your child so start today by creating a STEAM mentality at home.
Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Principal and edited by Daniel Tisdale.