According to PEW research, employment in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. Despite this, there is a serious STEM skills gap which is costing economies, like the UK, £1.5 billion a year.
Research has shown that children from an early age often gender stereotype and make negative assumptions about jobs, especially those relating to STEM careers. It has also found that they make future career choices based on the influence of parents, friends of parents, teachers, the TV, and the media.
Getting children talking about STEM and STEM careers from a young age is a place to start. So too is providing children opportunities to do engaging and dynamic STEM activities, at home and in the classroom.
Here are three resources that you can use inside and outside the classroom to engage young people in STEM.
Crayola Create To Learn Family Projects and CreatED
38 fun and creative ‘at home’ activities to enhance key literacy, numeracy and STEM skills aimed at ages 3 – 12.
20 project starters and explainer videos for educators to help them bring creativity into every classroom.
34 live-action videos to help teachers and young people crack the art of creative coding.
13 presenter-led videos for educators that demystify the process of 3D printing in the classroom and some hands-on activities to try out in class.