This post is sponsored by 4-H as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.
Both kids did a mad science camp week early this past summer and Scarlet often says she wants to be a scientist or doctor when she grows up. Des is also science-minded, but I think it’s important to help our young girls and daughters use scientific thinking at a young age. For Scarlet, she was enrolled in a STEM class in preschool. Des was too! Now that they’re seven and ten, in 2nd and 5th grades, I think it’s more important than ever to foster a natural love for STEM.
It’s important that my kids are exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topics because I believe it fosters confidence and problem solving. I’ve also noticed other benefits – like excitement, curiosity, problem solving, brain strengthening (you can see it happening), and creativity. Plus, STEM prepare kids for today’s technology. Trust me, I’m pretty old school with screen time and kids with phones. We are NOT there. However, Scarlet is almost in middle school (yikes) and they learn robotics and coding. Last night, she needed help with homework – which was editing her writing (my favorite!). After we finished, I saw her electronically send her draft to her teacher. She totally knew what she was doing, and it wasn’t something I taught her!
STEM Activities for Winter with 4-H STEM Lab:
What is 4-H STEM Lab?
It’s awesome – is what it is! It’s a free online resource for fun, easy, hands-on STEM activities fun. Do you know and love 4-H? I was a 4-H kid! I used to show in horse shows, and also do arts and crafts. We’d go to traveling 4-H fairs for the different counties and present, show, or just have fun. I love carrying on these traditions with my kids. 4-H STEM Lab introduces youth of all ages to exciting STEM activities – through experiential learning and activities. And these hands-on activities are designed to instill instill curiosity, and critical thinking, helping kids develop the skills needed to be successful in life. It’s really important to us.
We love Hurricane Mapping! This is a STEM activity that introduces kids to using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by tracking the paths of two of the most destructive storms to hit the United States in recent history. The activity is sponsored by HughesNet and University of Vermont Extension, and helps kids learn how to combine maps with data, and to draw comparisons between two sets of geographic information. They can also analyze how this data can inform important lifesaving decisions.
Practicing Good Digital Citizenship:
In Practicing Good Digital Citizenship, kids can learn the right ways to interact with others online and how to recognize inappropriate, threatening or bullying interactions. It’s a role-playing exercise in which parents and children can act out exchanges from social media! And this helps kids learn about how online interactions and behavior are as important online as in-person.