As a third and fourth grade educator for 30 years I am continuously fascinated with how much the field of education has changed. One such change that is vital today is teaching our kids with STEM (or STEAM). For those not up to date on STEM it means Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics. (STEAM adds in the art category.)
Providing the opportunity for our children by combining the aspects of STEM creates eager learners who think more than we used to require them to. Rote isn’t a part of this type of education since it’s really about figuring out why and how things work rather than just memorization.
Did you know that there are LEGO® Education Centers that help your children put to use LEGOS® to stimulate the concept of STEM. Not only are there fun classes at SNAPOLOGY but it’s a great place for birthday parties and groups to have a blast while learning. It’s like they snuck in education without kids realizing it.
According to Live Science: “STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.” Try as we might as educators we don’t always get in enough science in our curriculums, especially in the early grades.
SNAPOLOGY isn’t just for young students since it’s available from pre-school through 12th grade. The Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM), comprised of 13 agencies—including all of the mission-science agencies and the Department of Education—are facilitating a cohesive national strategy, with new and repurposed funds, to increase the impact of federal investments in five areas: 1.) improving STEM instruction in preschool through 12th grade; 2.) increasing and sustaining public and youth engagement with STEM; 3.) improving the STEM experience for undergraduate students; 4.) better serving groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields; and 5.) designing graduate education for tomorrow’s STEM workforce.
We want to be advocates for the education of this next generation and STEM is a wonderful way to stimulate children’s thinking. There are a variety of resources available for STEM education with Snapology leading the way.
In cooperation with Nakturnal there’s a LEGO® giveaway that’s recommended for ages 6 and older. When I did a poll on what type of giveaways our readers liked to see many mentioned toys.
This 49 piece Snapology Mascot will add some educational excitement to a child’s life.
This giveaway is open through 4/4/17 for US only. Please follow the Rafflecopter entries to decide how often you want to enter. The first two are mandatory while the rest are optional but the more you tweet (once daily) the better the chance of winning. — Marcia
This giveaway and post is a partnership with Nakturnal, prize will be sent directly to winner by Nakturnal