Over the past several decades, homeschoolers have come to the realization that learning is not confined to one subject at a time. You can grow math skills while discussing geography, you can grow science skills during a reading lesson, and much more. The rest of the educational world is finally catching up with us! STEM learning is an incredibly popular buzzword in the educational sector these days, but what does it really mean and what does that have to do with your homeschool?
STEM stands for the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The concept behind STEM learning is to integrate the subjects together into one lesson so children see the potential beyond one-sided learning in a single subject lesson.
Sometimes the Acronym STEAM is also used. STEAM learning adds Art into the mix and is an attempt to create a well rounded student.
What does that mean for homeschoolers? Well, most of us are already using some form of this in our homeschool. It’s simply a part of life for us! We naturally extend learning and incorporate ideas and concepts across different subjects.
STEM Learning is something that comes naturally to us as homeschoolers, and it’s something our kids will love. We have 101 more reasons to keep using STEM Learning in your homeschool, or to make it a bigger priority in your lesson plans!
It’s important to use STEM Learning because:
1. Jobs involving both science and technology will dominate the job market for our children
2. Math is the universal language and our kids need to know how to put it to use
3. Technology gives us more free time when we know how to use it well
4. Technology gives us information with the click of a button, but our kids need to understand why that happens
5. Math teaches rational thinking and using STEM helps kids apply those skills
6. Without applied math there would be no buildings
7. STEM gives us inventions, like the ones in this book:
8. STEM jobs pay really well
9. You can find a STEM job in any industry, and it’s never too soon to be thinking about your child’s future career!
This book gives you a great starting point for your discussion:
10. STEM occupations are growing at a greater percentage that others
11. STEM jobs have the power to change the world
12. Engineering designs things that really matter, like 100 mile long bridges and buildings taller than 1,000 feet
13. We can use engineering to build better roads and bridges and connect people around the world
14. STEM teaches us that there is a valid explanation for almost everything
15. Science helps us understand the weather and helps us prepare before natural disasters
16. Math never changes, and a strong foundation in math is essential for a strong future
17. Without math a quilt would be nothing more than random pieces of fabric
18. Science gives us the diagnoses and medicine to cure diseases
19. Using math in daily life helps us calculate risk, successes, and failures
20. Failed experiments can often lead to marvelous products
21. Math teaches you how not to be manipulated by facts
22. Science doesn’t make assumptions, only conclusions
23. Madame Curie pioneered radioactive research thanks to her love of physics
24. The entire universe is modeled by math
25. Math is not subjective and using the framework of math for experimentation shows a child what can be possible
26. STEM investigation helps people to see and discover possibilities
27. Science sent humans to the moon
28. Technology is the way to progress
29. Technology can instantly spread knowledge, news, and ideas
30. Because of Benjamin’s Franklin’s love of science, we have bifocal eyeglasses
31.Technology makes life more efficient
32. Math doesn’t lie
33. Science helps to feed the hungry
34. STEM gives us robotics that can do the work no human can
35. Science has shown us what is at the bottom of the oceans
36. Science has explained the Northern Lights
37. Isaac Newton started a scientific revolution when he started to experiment
38. Through STEM Leonardo da Vinci’s designed some of the greatest technological designs hundreds of years before they could be manufactured
39. STEM investigation leads the way to biomedical discovery
40. STEM experimentation helped George Washington Carver develop over 300 uses for peanuts
41. What would homeschooling be without the invention of the printing press?
42. We can’t have music without math working for us
STEM Learning helps your kids grow because:
43. STEM learning, experimentation, and investigation creates critical thinkers
44. Science is everywhere and STEM learning helps them understand the world around them
45. Technology helps us keep in touch with family and friends around the world
46. Technology makes the world smaller and other cultures more relatable, especially when Mom teaches kids in China on a daily basis
47. Learning programming and coding will lay a strong foundation for future tech development
48. STEM tells us how accurate movies and stories are
49. STEM helps us explain unusual phenomena
50. STEM can turn kids into inventors
51. STEM learning will grow a child’s natural curiosity
52. STEM will always leave you challenged
53. STEM is perfect for kids always asking “why?”
54. STEM is perfect for hands-on learners, especially when you’re doing fun and colorful activities like these.
55. STEM learning teaches a child to make mistakes and get messy, not to be fearful of failure
56. STEM experimentation creates children who are innovators
57. Math teaches us that every problem has a solution
58. Math is the poetry of logical ideas, and strengthening a child’s logical reasoning helps them grow throughout life
59. Math shows us there are different ways to reach the right answer
60. Math gives us guidelines to create beautiful art
61. Math teaches us how to know whether a sale is worth it
62. Solving problems is very satisfying and grows a child’s self confidence
63. Math challenges the mind
64. Technology places thousands of books immediately at our fingertips
65. Technology allows us to take courses online
66. Technology saves us time with online shopping, like when we shop for cool STEM books!
67. Science teaches us to love and care for nature
68. Science teaches us about the complexity of life and DNA
69. Math puzzles can sharpen your brain
70. STEM helps students develop critical thinking skills
71. STEM helps to develop logic and reasoning skills
STEM Learning is fun because:
72. STEM learning and thinking leads to science fiction movies and novels
73. STEM helps us imagine a fun or interesting futuristic world, like that of The Incredibles.
74. STEM experimentation is perfect for the kids who love to ask “what if?” because it gives them the ability to figure out a problem
75. STEM helps us explain why some foods are delicious
76. STEM helps us figure out the science of Star Trek
77. STEM helps us figure out the science of Star Wars
78. Geeks are cool
79. STEM will always give you that “wow!” factor that makes learning fun
80. Engineering gives us fun things like roller coasters
81. Math applied in the kitchen helps us double or divide recipes
82. The Basher Science books make STEM delightfully silly and fun
83. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fascination with forensic science gave us Sherlock Holmes
84. The Way Things Work Series is full of the inner workings of everything from simple levers to complicated Wi-Fi
85. Science gives us new and improved products, like the technology we use every day
86. Without technology we wouldn’t have bloggers, who give us everything from cool experiments to yummy recipes
87. Technology allows us to share creations around the planet
88. Without STEM we wouldn’t have the Mythbusters
89. God’s beauty in nature can be seen through a microscope
90. The glory of the universe can be seen through a telescope
91. STEM learning allows schools and co-ops to host science fairs and create more learning opportunities
92. STEM allows schools and co-ops to host robot battles
93. STEM is the reason for FLL (First LEGO League)
94. The FLL STEM program is about more than just robots, it inspires kids to do scientific research willingly
95. The TV show How Did They Make That? will keep your family engaged for hours
96. Programming STEM Robots is COOL
97. Exploring and calculating Pi can be lots of fun!
98. Kids can discover the awesome-ness of a rhombicosidodecahedron
99. First Tech Challenge (FTC) and First Robotic Competition (FRC) are Way Cool
100. STEM Toys and experiments give kids ways kids explore ideas in a hands-on way
101. A programmer’s love of engineering gave us the amazing game of Minecraft
Bonus: STEM gave us the most innovative toy ever – LEGO® Bricks – Visit this link for an entire year of learning through LEGO® bricks!
Visit this TCHSL Pinterest Board for STEM Learning Activities
This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 101 Reasons…. Link Up. Click on the photo below to find more reasons to enjoy your homeschool journey! (Available February 12, 2018)
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