What’s all the buzz about STEM and why does it seem like every parent is preparing their child to be the next STEM star? Can STEM mastery really translate into real-world success?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Schools focus on these areas together because the skills and knowledge in each of these disciplines are highly related, and incredibly important for real life application.
According to a 2015 STEM survey, parents of students ages 13-18 believe that STEM studies will have the most impact on their children’s academic development, with math and science subjects best able to prepare students for the job market. 1
It’s also no secret that parents often go the extra mile to help their child excel. However, many parents don’t feel like they know enough about STEM to help their child with subject-related homework. In the survey, nearly 70% of parents said they struggle to help their children with STEM schoolwork because they believe it is harder now than it was when they were in school. 1
Helping students better understand how the world works around them, STEM school subjects are more important than ever. Here are a few tips to help create a STEM-friendly environment and help prepare your child to excel inside the classroom, and in life.
1 The 3M Post-it STEM survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 U.S. parents with children ages 13-18, between July 6th and July 15th, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey.