Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is prevalent in almost every field and career. By fostering discovery, engagement and learning in small teams, children are able to develop significant cognitive and interpersonal skills through STEM topics. Moreover, students will gain confidence as they are exposed to diverse integrated experiences, engage in problem solving with others, and then share their work while they showcase their progress.
Key research shows that exposing children to STEM practices in context at an early age assists them in a variety of learning skills and competencies. Additionally, allowing children to work in small groups with hands-on minds-on activities aids in many areas of learning and social development. Finally, providing opportunities to share and showcase work while responding to challenges and exploring different types of competitions leads to a greater success in both STEM and in pursuit of other endeavors. The resources provided here are meant to assist parents, educators and other stakeholders to facilitate these engagements for children in all settings and situations.
We acknowledge support for Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) and STEM for Success from the National Science Foundation under award number #1744490 and from Howmet Aerospace Foundation.