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WHAT IS CODING & STEM?

In today's digital age, where technology shapes almost every aspect of our lives, understanding coding and STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education is essential for parents to ensure their children are prepared for the future.

 

This page sheds light on the significance of coding and STEM/STEAM education for children's holistic development, emphasizing their role in fostering critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity, and preparing them for the rapidly evolving job market.

 

 

Why Coding and STEM/STEAM Matter

 

Coding is the backbone of software development, powering everything from mobile apps to artificial intelligence systems. Proficiency in coding not only opens up lucrative career opportunities but also equips children with essential problem-solving and logical reasoning skills that are applicable across various domains.

 

STEM/STEAM education plays a crucial role in nurturing essential skills for the future. By integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, STEM/STEAM education encourages hands-on learning, fosters creativity, and cultivates a growth mindset in children. Moreover, it prepares them to tackle real-world challenges and innovate solutions in an ever-evolving global landscape.

 

Research indicates that students engaged in STEM/STEAM education demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement and are better prepared for college and career success. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow at a faster rate than non-STEM occupations, underscoring the importance of cultivating these skills early on in children. Additionally, studies have shown that exposure to coding and STEM/STEAM concepts at a young age can positively impact children's problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and overall academic performance.

 

There are plenty of resources for parents looking for more coding resources! Some recommended resources include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books:

  • "Hello Ruby" by Linda Liukas

  •  "Ada Twist, Scientist" by Andrea Beaty

  • "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty

  • What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z by Tiffani Teachey 

  • "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

  • "Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly

  • "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires

  • "Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work" 

  • "Learning STEM from Baseball: How Does a Curveball Curve? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!" (STEM Sports)

Websites:

  • Code.org (Offers coding tutorials and resources for all ages)

  • Girls Who Code (Building the world's largest pipeline of future female engineers).

  • Khan Academy (Provides free online courses in math, science, and computer programming)

  • Scratch (A visual programming language designed for kids)

Online Courses:

  • Coursera (Offers courses in various STEM subjects)

  • Udemy (Provides a wide range of courses, including coding and robotics)

  • Tynker (Offers coding courses for children)

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How to Support Your Child's Learning

 

Encouraging curiosity and exploration is fundamental to fostering a love for learning in children. Parents can support their children's learning by providing opportunities for hands-on exploration, encouraging questions, and allowing them to pursue their interests. By creating a nurturing environment that celebrates curiosity, children are more likely to develop a lifelong passion for coding and STEM/STEAM subjects.

 

Provide access to educational resources, such as books, online courses, and coding kits, to support learning outside of the classroom. Parents can explore age-appropriate materials that align with their child's interests and learning style, ensuring a diverse range of resources to engage and inspire them.

 

Create a supportive learning environment at home by setting aside dedicated time for STEM/STEAM activities, establishing a designated learning space, and praising effort and perseverance. By demonstrating enthusiasm for learning and providing encouragement, parents can instill confidence in their child's abilities and foster a positive attitude towards learning.

 

Encourage participation in STEM/STEAM-related extracurricular activities or clubs, such as coding clubs, robotics teams, or science fairs. These opportunities not only provide hands-on experience but also foster collaboration, creativity, and teamwork skills in children. Additionally, involvement in extracurricular activities can help children develop leadership skills, build social connections, and explore their interests in a supportive and enriching environment.

 

Common Concerns

 

Dispelling myths or misconceptions about coding and STEM/STEAM education is crucial for parents. Some common myths include the belief that coding is only for "tech geniuses" or that STEM/STEAM education is too difficult or inaccessible for all students. In reality, coding and STEM/STEAM subjects are accessible to learners of all backgrounds and abilities, and there are numerous resources and support systems available to help children succeed. By addressing these misconceptions, parents can feel more confident in supporting their children's learning journey and encouraging them to explore these valuable skills.

 

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