8 November is International STEM Day! To celebrate, Spark Education wants to share some fun facts and information about the importance of STEM subjects. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These subjects help children become problem solvers in school and their future careers. Let’s go over what makes STEM subjects so important and fun ways you can use STEM skills at home as we celebrate International STEM Day!
Why is STEM important?
STEM subjects can be intimidating. Many people consider them the “harder” subjects. One of the most frustrating aspects about STEM subjects is that for most questions there is a specific answer that has to be figured out. This leaves no wiggle room or margin of error and can lead to students spending hours on a math problem or tinkering with engineering projects for the right result. The hard work and accuracy required for STEM subjects makes learners become better problem solvers. Some mathematicians and scientists have spent their lives working on one problem. While it can be frustrating, working toward finding solutions to those problems can change the world.
STEM subjects are the path toward the future. Without the skills that come with STEM education, we wouldn’t have smartphones, video games, or even medicine. Science, technology, engineering, and math skills are needed for some of the top careers. From being a medical professional to designing spaceships that can get people to Mars, none of them is possible without the power of STEM knowledge.
How to celebrate International STEM Day
In 2015, the Congressional Caucus on STEM Education established the first National STEM Day in the United States. Soon it would be celebrated across the world as a day to inspire children to get involved with STEM subjects. Here are some fun ways to celebrate STEM that the whole family can love.
Go to a Science Museum
Science museums designed for kids are a great way for the whole family to interact with science in the real world. You can catch a spectacular fire tornado show at the Singapore Science Centre, get up close with a dinosaur fossil at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, or take a look at the interesting exhibitions available at ArtScience Museum. Check out our list of top 5 kid-friendly museums for you and the whole family!
Build a machine!
Machines are the perfect mix of technology and engineering. Nothing is more fun than creating a machine that works and can complete a task. Younger kids can create a paper and straw hand that moves just like a real one, or make the aerodynamic paper airplane. For older kids, try building your very own moving robot with some simple parts from a local hardware store. Check out these great technology and engineering projects the whole family can work on.
Flex your mind muscles by joining for a math competition!
Math competitions and contests are fun, challenging, and exciting ways for kids to use their passion for mathematics. Math competitions are huge around the world and are a great way to use math while learning about teamwork, sportsmanship, and confidence. Competitions like the SASMO, Math Kangaroo, and the International Mathematical Olympiad offer fun competition and prizes!
Want to ace your Math competitions? Check out Spark Math’s Competition programme here.
Spark Education and STEM!
Spark Education is excited to celebrate International STEM Day with all our students and families. We focus on creating a fun and effective way for students to learn! If you’re looking for more great STEM activities for kids in K2 to P5, check out these great STEM activity blogs!
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