Q. Why are STEM programs so valuable to a child’s development?
A. As our world continues to become more tech and innovation dependent, it is important that students are involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs. Learning STEM early prepares students for future schooling and possible STEM careers, which are growing at a higher rate than other career types. But STEM is also important in many other daily aspects of our lives, such as driving, cooking and corresponding with friends and family. STEM fosters creativity, encourages teamwork and experimentation, teaches problem solving and knowledge application, all of which are vital for us to not only understand the world in which we live, but help minimize environmental issues. A great STEM program provides hands-on, minds-on learning that is fun and engaging. With STEM, students become empowered to think critically, analyze, explore and protect the world around them!
Sherrie Ripple \ Education Director River Legacy Living Science Center \ www.riverlegacy.org