5 Fun Ways to Introduce Girls to STEM
Let's talk about STEM!
STEM is definitely a parenting buzzword these days. But kids (especially girls) aren’t always exposed to STEM-related activities (science, technology, engineering, and math) beyond the basics at school. It’s good to understand why STEM is important and give kids a chance to get interested at a young age.
Why should we care about STEM?
Here’s the deal: STEM-related jobs pay well (the median hourly wage double that of other careers) and opportunities are expected to grow over the next decade or so. In the past, STEM careers have been heavily dominated by men, and girls sometimes weren’t even given the chance to explore their interest in the field. Let’s change that and give our girls the chance to find out if STEM interests them.
Here are 5 fun activities we found to get you started.
Make slime or silly putty
Slime is all the rage these days and it’s something that can be made right at home. The recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients. You can also try homemade Silly Putty, which is a throwback but just as fun. Whichever you choose, you’re helping your child put science into action.
Build with jellybeans
As long as you and your child don’t eat all the jellybeans, this is a great activity to introduce engineering skills. Build structures using jellybeans and toothpicks. Your child will soon learn that you can build anything as long as you use your imagination.
Grow gummy bears
Can gummy bears grow in water? That depends. After this challenge, your child will know the secret and maybe even cultivate an interest in science! You only need some gummies, water, and salt to get this activity going.
Make edible science
Your kids may not realize it, but cooking uses math and science skills, so why not make experiments that are edible? There are plenty of edible science experiments to try like making rock candy, making butter and whip cream, and even using Jell-O as a laser! The whole idea is to make it fun. When you do this, kids tend to forget that they’re actually learning something.
Have fun with stickers
If you’re looking for a way to teach your daughter about science without getting your hands dirty, check out our book, Science! STEM Sticker Adventure. The book uses stickers to introduce girls to seven scientific disciplines and a lot of fun!