Does your child come home excited about what s/he is learning in class? How much do they enjoy experimenting, asking insightful questions and searching for the answers in new and exciting ways? Do they love doing hands-on experiments in class? Chances are that the S.T.E.M. curriculum has something to do with the level of enjoyment while learning. Here at North Shore Christian School we see the benefits of a S.T.E.M. education on a daily basis. Not only do we witness first hand the “aha” moments for many of our students, but we also know from our research the advantage this type of education will grant our students later in their continuing education and even further down the road in their chosen careers. Globally, we also understand the positive impact this type of education can have on our country’s economy and innovation. Let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits of a S.T.E.M. education for our students and our community and country.
For Our Students Since a S.T.E.M. education relies on asking questions, getting involved, and being “hands-on” in solving questions to problems, it can help students in many ways.
- Students become critical thinkers when trying to solve a problem. They hypothesize, test, and come up with conclusions based upon data collected.
- Students become an active part of the learning process rather than a passive participant.
- Science literacy increases during each unit.
- Students feel prepared for advanced education and future careers.
- S.T.E.M. meets the inquisitive needs of students to explore, test, discover, and learn about the world around them. Encouraging that curiosity can have positive impacts both personally and globally.
For Our Community S.T.E.M. education has also been shown to have a huge positive impact on our local and national community.
- Students studying a curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math are making strides toward bridging the gap that the United States has experienced with other developed countries in these areas.
- S.T.E.M. encourages a generation of innovators. Increased innovation can help inspire and create products or ideas that can help boost the U.S. economy and solve complex world problems.
- Students studying and receiving degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math tend to have higher incomes than non-S.T.E.M. degree holders.
- S.T.E.M. breaks the traditional ethnic and gender roles in the science and tech fields
We are proud of our S.T.E.M. program at NSCS and look forward to more “aha” moments for our students as the year progresses. Visit our website, blog, and social media page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our classroom experiments and studies!