Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.
Have you considered how often we experience STEM in our lives? Science is our natural world sun, the moon, and stars, the oceans, weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial). Think about the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation; the list is endless. Technology means laptops and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances, and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics. STEM is important because it permeates every aspect of our lives.
Because STEM is in every part of daily life, it is so important for our children to engage in STEM-education. A topic of such importance demands a prominent place in our education system in the broadest sense—from the classroom to the after-school setting, to the home. Science literacy is as important as reading and writing for all people.
It is no secret that women and minorities are underrepresented in the STEM field we need to bridge this gap by encouraging all children equally to become engrossed in STEM. Exploring STEM with Little Katie is the perfect read to making science and math courses fun and interesting not only help children to learn but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.