School districts have begun building STEM career readiness into their elementary level curriculum, yielding impressive results.
With STEM careers on the rise, policymakers and administrators alike are scrambling to discern which young students are prepared for future success, which aren't, and why.
Fear Behind Code
You're right. You may not fear it, but the fact remains that many approach the subject with a fixed mindset. "Even if educators recognize the importance of teaching computer science and programming [to] their students, they often face their own internal roadblocks." But they may be unaware of the fact that "teachers from all backgrounds" can instruct computer science.
Already, there are those dedicated to changing the stigma behind coding by encouraging fellow educators to practice using professionally engineered games and coding bots to make computer science enjoyable for both their colleagues and students. Now, "nearly one-third of all U.S. students are learning the curriculum of the future."
Over the radio each December, Andy Williams can be heard crooning
"it's the mosttt wonderful timee of the year..."
and with the cheery, albeit chilly, atmosphere of the holiday season in full swing, most of us tend to agree. The winter months are a special time to reflect, cuddle up with loved ones, enjoy hot coco, and watch a Hallmark movie or two. This holiday season, don't miss out on the perfect opportunity to add something extra to the list: engage your students and kids with STEM-related holiday activities for a fun, educational experience before the New Year.
We attached fun lesson plans with these simple experiments below! Just be sure to click on the underlined links 🎅