STEM is the acronym for the educational disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The science in STEM concerns two of the three branches of science; natural sciences, (which includes biology, physics, and chemistry) with the formal sciences with mathematics along with logic and statistics. STEM is a curriculum based on the integration of all four of these subjects that offers a lot of hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students. The result is students studying based on real-world applications.
Why is it important? STEM is important because it is spread throughout every facet of our lives. Science is all around us, technology is always expanding, and engineering not only is the basic design of physical structures but it also involves the challenges of our planet and the world around us. Think about it, mathematics is in almost every occupation and a part of our daily lives. Exposure to STEM will help give students the opportunity to develop an interest in it and potentially pursue a job in this field. A curriculum that is STEM-based places students in real life situations to learn hands on. This helps make math and science not only a learning experience but also fun and practical!
What about science fairs, are they worth the work?
Science fairs are the perfect opportunity to allow your student to experience STEM for themselves! Add in homeschooling for the perfect setting for them to take on the challenge of choosing and laying out plans for a STEM project. Where to start? Their own imagination and query is the first step along with the whole scientific method that as high school students they should already be familiar with. Listed below are some great ideas for them to try or to help get their own creative juices flowing!
Here’s a downloadable science journal kit to help your student get started. Homeschool.com has created one that will definitely be worth downloading. Walk through the scientific investigative process step-by-step with this science experiment journal!
Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.