STEM for Kids

 

I always knew I wanted to start teaching my kids Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts early in their lives. My husband and I are both engineers, and we were both raised in families who supported and encouraged a strong foundation in STEM. I think our family’s encouragement in math and science shaped our belief in ourselves – to be brave and sign up for the advanced math and science classes and apply for engineering school in college.

I want to give my children the self-confidence they need, so they know that they can do or be anything they want. I want my kids to enjoy learning about math and science and become good at these subjects through practice and patience, so I’m starting them young (my daughter is one and my son is three).

We’re doing simple, easy and fun experiments that anyone can do with materials you usually already have at home. I hope you’ll join us and try these experiments with your kids too!

STEM vs. STEAM – what’s the difference?

I use the acronym STEM often on my site. I’ve also started using STEAM, almost interchangeably with STEM. I think it’s time to discuss these two acronyms in detail. I’m going to explain the what STEM and STEAM mean, the difference between them, and why they are...
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Rox’s Secret Code Children’s STEAM Book Review

Rox’s Secret Code is a book that introduces kids to the wide possibilities of coding in a fun and imaginative way. Before I read the book to my kids, I read the book myself to see what it was all about. I was immediately drawn into the cute and colorful images,...
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Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Sense of Taste

In my last STEM for Kids post I introduced the Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Series with the Sense of Touch. My kids and I enjoyed the sense of touch activities, especially because they were simple and age appropriate for my kids....
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Girls Who Code Baby Code! Book Series Review

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in technology. They have programs around the country designed to get more girls interested in technology and build a strong community that helps the girls succeed. Girls Who Code also...
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Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Sense of Touch

Today I’m introducing a new series under my STEM for Kids all about exploring the five senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. I wanted to get back to the basics with my STEM for Kids posts and this seemed like a great way for young kids to discover their...
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3 Simple Water Fun Experiments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

We’re getting into the hottest part of the summer and there is no place my kids (and me) would rather be than in the water when it’s hot outside. Anywhere near the water is perfect for us: playing in the splash pad, swimming in the pool, running through...
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Summer Fun for Kids: 4 simple indoor & outdoor Rainbow STEM experiments

My family likes going to our local Boardwalk (dining and shopping along the lake) for dinner on Friday nights because they have live music and an open space. The kids love to run around in the green space and dance to the music. A few weeks ago they had a wonderful...
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9 Easy Preschool Math Activities you can do Everyday – Guest post for From Engineer to SAHM

In March I interviewed Christy, who runs the blog From Engineer to SAHM, for my Women in Engineering Interview Series. After the interview she asked me if I wanted to write a guest post for her about preschool math. I love to subtly teach my son math everyday, so...
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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Earth Day STEM activities for kids

When I was in third grade my teacher cast me as planet Earth in a class play about protecting our planet. It left a lasting impression on me and I think is part of the reason I am passionate about conservation. I hope introducing my kids to conservation and why it’s...
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Fun time at Little Beakers

Some of my mom friends recently told me about Little Beakers. It is a science lab for kids, designed to make science accessible and fun for kids. They have an open lab, class field trips, and even host birthday parties! This place sounded right up my alley and in line...
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Do you have an idea of a STEM for kids experiment you’d like us to try and post on the blog? Contact me today with your ideas.