In celebration of National Career’s Week, we at QuestFriendz would like to help explain what STEM learning is and why we’re on a mission to inspire every young child to pursue STEM education and careers.
Many of us have heard a lot of talk in the media about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) but as a parent it can be daunting to know when our children should start learning about STEM and how best to nurture their interest and abilities in this area.
Until recently the education system focused on learning per discipline (e.g Mathematics) but we’ve come to recognise the importance of ‘STEM learning’ – an integrated approach to learning across STEM disciplines. Not only is this integrated approach more useful – helping children to develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, pattern recognition and sequencing – but it’s also a lot more fun!
In the past we would have learnt to memorize chemistry or physics formulas, whereas with today’s STEM learning approach children can learn across multiple disciplines through engaging, practical activities that develop their capacity for innovation, invention and creative problem solving.
At QuestFriendz we believe that children become better equipped to face a fast-paced and evolving world when problem-solving skills and learning to fail are introduced at a young age. Young children are naturally curious and this magical state helps to accelerate learning, particularly in the area of STEM.
To spark children’s imagination and curiosity about the world they live in, we’ve developed some educational ‘quests’ – simple challenges that enable young children to find solutions by activating their problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and creative skills.
We’d love you to try out some of these STEM quests with your children and hope they ignite a love for STEM learning. Plus, join us over on Twitter @QuestFriendz where we’ll be sharing lots more fun STEM activities and games for your little engineers, inventors and computer scientists! ENJOY! 😊