Help children make real-world connections to science, technology, math and the arts. Engaging students in STEAM by using positive language helps build confidence early. By exposing students to math and science in fun, meaningful ways, you are laying a foundation for academic and career success in STEAM fields.
What can you do?
- Visit a STEAM event/exhibit in your community. Show that science can be fun and accessible by taking a child/teenager to a museum, botanical garden, zoo, technology center or any place that showcases science, technology, engineering, arts or math.
- Make connections between STEAM and the real world. Point out how you and others use STEAM skills in your daily lives at home, in the community and/or at work.
- Encourage both boys and girls to embrace STEAM and consider STEAM careers.
- Watch your language. Avoid using phrases such as “I hate math” or “science is hard to understand.” Try to find opportunities to showcase STEAM subjects in fun, easy-to-understand, and age-appropriate ways.
- Exposure to science and math in fun, age-appropriate ways, starting at an early age and throughout high school can help children become more interested in and feel more confident in their abilities to succeed in STEM subjects. Research has shown that when children are exposed to STEM early it can enhance their interest in studying STEM topics and pursuing STEM careers. (Source)
- By 2018, it is estimated that 2.4 million STEM jobs will not be filled due to lack of qualified applicants. Jobs that require STEM skills are steadily increasing, although the number of people graduating with necessary STEM skills is not keeping pace with the increasing need for those skills. (Source)
- Only 31% of all 2012 high school graduates taking the ACT were academically ready for college coursework in science and only 46% were academically ready for college coursework in mathematics. (Source)
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Related PBS Kids Apps
PBS Kids offers free and paid educational apps for children and even adults. The following apps include math and science themes: