“Ensuring every child has a high-quality early STEM education is one of the best investments our country can make. Tomorrow’s engineers are building bridges in the block corner today. Tomorrow’s scientists are doing “field work” at recess, inspecting the structure of a fallen leaf.” – STEM Smart Lessons
At Kids Country we encourage each child to follow their natural curiosity and explore the world around them. We bring STEM into the classroom each week to expose even the youngest children to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Take a look at each subject below to see how we integrate this curriculum.
“The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness.” (Level Playing Field Institute) The best way to combat these trends is to begin teaching STEM to even the youngest of children. Every week, STEM is brought into the classroom to touch the minds of our students, using IPads, classroom computers, and enrichment activities that keep the children engaged throughout the week.
Science is a way of thinking. Science is observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions, and wondering how things work.
Technology is a way of doing. Technology is using tools, being inventive, identifying problems, and making things work.
Engineering is a way of doing. Engineering is solving problems, using a variety of materials, designing and creating, and building things that work.
Math is a way of measuring. Math is sequencing (1, 2, 3, 4…), patterning (1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2…), and exploring shapes (triangle, square, circle), volume (holds more or less), and size (bigger, less than).