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Kids need STEM: How to prepare our children for a world only they can build

Kids need STEM: How to prepare our children for a world only they can build

by Kristen Martin

STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is a vital part of our everyday world. When was the last day you went without looking at your phone? Traveled to work or school without the aid of cars, trains, or even roads? And as much as I would hate to admit it to my younger self, math is something I use daily, when I go to the grocery store or pay my bills. Also, we live in the world it is science.

Education in these subjects needs to be interactive and engaging, encouraging children to explore, question, build, and design. This helps develop their ability to solve problems and think creatively—something that will eternally affect their everyday lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.”

Teachers and parents are realizing the importance of STEM development and it doesn’t take long to find thousands of great activities to do with children of any age. Children are naturally curious and have a desire to understand how things work. By making education fun and interactive, children not only are more likely to comprehend new information, they develop a love of learning.

Our children need to be prepared for civilization’s ever-increasing reliability on technology. They need to be equipped with the confidence to make well-informed decisions. They need to be aware of the world around them, and understand how to change it for the better. From the creation of the wheel to the Internet, STEM has molded society. Who knows what tomorrow’s generation will create?

Hot Wheels Speedometry

For 4th grade teachers or parents of kids K–6, Mattel created curriculum to teach STEM principles using Hot Wheels. GoodX is hosting a website that provides access to that curriculum and supports CFK at the same time! Unlock funding for Champions for Kids programs and gain access to the curriculum by visiting goodx.com/champions.

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Tips to Get your Students to Wash Their Hands

Tips to Get your Students to Wash Their Hands

“Wash, wash, wash your hands, wash the germs away…” And your kids say, “what germs?” They can’t SEE the germs so it can be hard to convince them of how important it is to wash their hands front and back and in between those fingers. The best ways to get kids to clean their hands thoroughly is to find ways to make hand washing fun.
Help Kids Get Rid of Germs with these washing hand ideas

Suds up – Add some soap and rub those hands together, making as many bubbles as you can with the soap while you count to a pre-determined number. Then rinse those bubbles away.

Play a hand washing game – Wash the fronts, scrub the backs, and in between each finger. Make up a game while you wash those fingers – make up silly rhymes, sing silly songs, find some small toys like a rubber ducky. Kids can “wash” while they clean their hands, or find hand washing songs online to sing to and act out.

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There’s an app for that – Check out your phone’s app store. There are fun hand washing apps that turn hand washing into a fun time with stories and games about hand washing.

While you have fun trying these things that make hand washing fun, you can take time to talk with your kids about germs, and how they are so itty bitty we can’t see them. We always had fun talking about where those germs were hiding. Were they hiding in that little wrinkle in my finger? Scrub, scrub, scrub. Wash it out. Were lurking in between my fingers? Wash, wash, wash him out. Oh no! He hid on the back of my hand. Scrubba dub dub! Good bye germs! Make hand washing fun and before long your kids will be making up their own silly songs and rhymes while they get rid of those germs.

10 of our favorite quotes about education

10 of our favorite quotes about education

An education is an important thing. Imagine your world without the ability to read, to add and subtract. Where would you be? How would you survive? Here are 10 great quotes on education from men and women from all walks of life who knew how important an education is.

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  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
    ~Nelson Mandela
  • One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.
    ~William Lowe Bryan
  • Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.
    ~Will Durant
  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
    ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
    ~Margaret Mead
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
    ~Henry Ford
  • Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
    ~Socrates
  • The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
    ~Albert Einstein
  • The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
    ~Abraham Lincoln
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
    ~Benjamin Franklin

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