STEM education – Why Parents Should Boost Science Morale for Kids

S: Science

T: Technology

E: Engineering

M: Mathematics

 

 

STEM is the wave of the future. The last decade has led to a decline of jobs with routine skills. Jobs that are technically centred have increased on a dramatical rate. Students need proficiency in STEM and the role to promote motivating students is important for students to excel in the science field.

The Newton Show steps towards raising the profile of science and increasing student participation. We need to ensure the youth of today have a successful future

There are strategies that parents and educators can follow to motivate the student and raise a sense of passion and enjoyment for science. The importance of science in our lives always needs to be highlighted.

 

Eliminate Negativity About Science

Science in the public view seems to have many negative connotations. This may be the portrayal of scientists as “nerds”  in film and media.  For this view to change, teachers need to portray the positive reality of science, Relate positivity of science with apps and fun experiments.

Young children benefit when they are immersed in a single subject for a long time.  Studies have indicated higher marks for older students as well in this way.

Another common attribute of learning is both young children as well as college students is they do not like lectures.  Preschoolers need hands-on activities in order to learn about science. Older kids benefit more from interactive teaching.

When student are engaged in experiments or hands-on activity and there is discussion and feedback from peers and teacher there is an improvement in  grades


Studies on science achievement indicate that science achievement produce the best students in Asian countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan (Bybee and Kennedy 2005). There may be a multitude of reasons for this but it all boils down to attitude. Asian cultures endorse flexibility in a combination of effort based theories of intelligence.


Be a positive role model. When parents and teachers are passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable it resonates with the students.

Motivating Students: Making Science Fun!

In order for students to keep interest in science, they need to be continuously involved in the subject. The attraction to science can be nurtured and made to be fun and interesting with experiments and television programs like DragonFly TV  that has interactive media integrated with textbook knowledge.

 

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Connecting Science to the Everyday Life of Students

One essential element of inspiring science in the life of students is showing them the use of science in daily lives. Science is behind the creation of their everyday cell phone, video games and tablet fascinations. They need to understand science touches more in daily activities then they are aware of.

Expose Kids to New Opportunities

Creating contests that encourage students to use science for generating designs that peak personal interests. One example is many love playing around with tablets and smartphones. Challenge students to create apps that they can use every day. This can become a group competition. This will be motivating to keep interests in the STEM field

Incorporate Technology

It is difficult to get interest in science when the only resources are textbooks. Try to locate methods that include science stations, computers and gadgets and moreover, real live science shows like the Newton Show

 The Newton Show: Bringing Science to Life

Sparking interest in science begins with exciting experiments, Young kids are mesmerised by the glow of water, or how items sink or float and older kids benefit from observations. When kids get to “do” science they are  moved into inspiration and excitement

Developing interest in science by enhancing natural curiosities and connecting science to everyday life helps students develop a deeper understanding.They formulate their own questions and create new explorations ensuring they thrive beyond in later years and careers

How do you personally motivate your kids to love science? Any tips to share? Love to hear thoughts. Feel free to drop a line and message us.