PreK-5 STEM Curriculum

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Introducing a high-quality STEM curriculum from early on is critical in obtaining high levels of STEM achievement throughout her education and career. Unfortunately nationwide there is a lack of teachers in mathematics and sciences. There is also concern about how versed teachers are in the rapidly evolving world of technology, and technology’s impact on STEM education. American Woman is developing globally competitive mathematics and sciences teachers, partnering with high-quality supplemental STEM student learning centers, and building up engaged STEM parental advocates.

 

STEM Education

High quality STEM teachers play a significant role in the achievements of their students. However, not all teachers receive the support they need, and science and mathematics teachers are among the most difficult to recruit and retain in K-12 schools. At such a young age, children are receptive to new and creative experiences, and parents and teachers alike have many ways of introducing STEM concepts. Research has shown that the rapid neural connections being made every second during early childhood create an optimal time period for children to be naturally curious.

STEM in preschool could involve growing a garden, building with blocks, or playing with dinosaurs. STEM activities for kindergarten students can advance to teacher-led science experiments or looking after a class pet. The experimental nature of science, and the problem-solving focus of mathematics and engineering introduced to elementary school students will help them excel in other subjects, such as language arts. Regardless of the student’s age, grade level, or gender, STEM can be seamlessly woven into activities and assignments to teach a wide variety of concepts. Introducing STEM in early childhood can be as simple as going for a walk, visiting a museum, or gazing up at the stars in the night sky.


Extracurriculars

Fourth-grade reading proficiency was higher among higher- socioeconomic-status girls (56 percent), compared with low- low socioeconomic-status girls (25 percent). By introducing STEM in early childhood can be as simple as going for a walk, visiting a museum, or gazing up at the stars in the night sky. STEM in preschool could involve growing a garden, building with blocks, or playing with dinosaurs. At such a young age, children are receptive to new and creative experiences, and parents and teachers alike have many ways of introducing STEM concepts. But why is STEM important in early childhood? Research has shown that the rapid neural connections being made every second during early childhood create an optimal time period for children to be naturally curious.


Parental STEM Advocates

Adults from low-income communities and underrepresented groups often do not understand how to help their children succeed in STEM learning, and panelists stressed the importance of learning with their children instead of pretending they have all the answers or not showing interest. " Let caregivers know they don't need to have an advanced degree in science or math to contribute to their children's education," When working with other caregivers, including foster parents or grandparents, STEM educators need to understand the potential generational gap and how to focus on making STEM interactive and accessible, rather than making it "cool,"

Parents STEM engagement is crucial to a child’s success-who have heavier engagement with mathematics and science courses and extracurricular activities.