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?
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.