S.T.E.M. Activities

Centers and STEM activities will be available during most class visits. STEM activities for kids are a great way to learn and explore the dynamics of science, technology, math and engineering. Whether they are building, counting, or discovering how to solve a problem, they are optimizing learning in a fun and cooperative environment. Students are learning to participate in a discussion, share materials and work together successfully during this time.

What are STEM activities?

STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific underpinnings students need to be competitive in the 21st-century workforce.

But this movement goes far beyond preparing students for specific jobs. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all areas of their lives. STEM isn’t a standalone class—it’s a way to intentionally incorporate different subjects across an existing curriculum.

Here’s a quick rundown of the STEM acronym:

Science: The study of the natural world.

Technology: One surprise—the STEM definition for technology includes any product made by humans to meet a want or need. (So much for all technology being digital.) A chair is technology; so is a pencil. Any product kids create to solve a problem can be regarded as technology.

Engineering: The design process kids use to solve problems.

Math: The language of numbers, shapes, and quantities that seems so irrelevant to many students.