Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; these are subjects that can lead to astonishing career opportunities for young people, as well as terrific personal experiences. Many subjects fall under the STEM umbrella, from civil engineering to biochemistry, and each of these subjects provides students with highly transferrable skills that they can carry throughout their education and their subsequent career.

Some of these skills include the ability to work as part of a team, while also being able to work independently when necessary; critical and creative thinking; problem solving and many more.

Parents can help their children from a very young age to become acquainted with STEM, stimulating their minds and reinforcing important capabilities. The earlier you start, your children will be highly proficient by the time they reach Sixth Form age.

There are lots of things you can do with your kids to explore STEM, from long walks through nature to petting animals at the farm. You don’t even have to leave the house, as brain teasers and jigsaw puzzles are just as effective in developing problem solving skills.

Essentially, you need to encourage curiosity within your kids and let them ask you lots of questions. Try and find education in every activity you do. For example, if you’re cooking or baking, you could allow your child to help with the measurements. If you’re playing in the garden, teach them about how the different seasons affect the trees and the flowers. When you’re driving in the car, talk about the engine and what causes the car to move, turn and stop.

If you require additional information about STEM subjects, have a chat with your child’s teachers. They will be able to give you an overview of the curriculum so that you have a greater understanding of what your child is going to be learning about throughout the term. That way, you can try and focus on the particular topics at home.

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