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3 Great Movements That Are Getting Kids Involved in STEM Education

3 Great Movements That Are Getting Kids Involved in STEM EducationSTEM education is a serious concern of ours here at Dream It Do It Nebraska. There’s a reason we cover it so frequently here on our blog.

And contrary to what some kids (or even parents) may believe, STEM education doesn’t have to be boring–quite the opposite is true, in fact. STEM education in the classroom is already very exciting in many instances, but that excitement can also carry right out of the classroom and into hobbies and other movements.

While we’ve talked about movements to get kids interested in STEM education here on our blog before, new movements are popping up every day (and that’s a great thing). To give you an idea of a few of the movements out there today that you should think about checking out, have a list at our 3 favorite that are happening right now:

  • STEAM: STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, is part of a national movement to add arts to the usual STEM equation. The thought process driving STEAM is actually deeply rooted in history; as AZ Central notes, “Leonardo da Vinci not only gained fame as a master painter but also for his intricately designed flying machines.” STEAM advocates believe that adding an arts focus to stem can help boost creativity and the production of machines that make human life easier, and we agree. It may not be traditional STEM, but STEAM has the potential to have a far-reaching impact.
  • The Greatest Science Fair Ever: The Greatest Science Fair Ever, “a nonprofit that would hold really big virtual science fairs for a lot of kids, aimed at getting them interested in STEM,” has a really interesting story that we recommend checking out. The short version? TGSFE is using Minecraft (a popular video game) to drive interest and funding toward the nonprofit to get kids interested in STEM. The event coordinators have already sold more than 7,000 tickets to the first event in New York City, and they already have plans to bring Mine-O-Ramas to 10 different U.S. metropolitan areas. Talk about a good start.
  • LEGO Science: Though not as centralized as the other two movements mentioned here in this post, analysts all around the country are talking about how great LEGO can be for getting kids interested in STEM. Engineers in Silicon Valley are already saying that they were brought to the profession by experiments with LEGO when they were kids, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that continue through future generations. This may be one of the easiest ways for kids to get involved in STEM education–just pick up a set and get building!

Sometimes, a little encouragement is all it takes to get a kid involved in a lifelong interest in STEM, and eventually a very rewarding STEM-related career. All of these movements are taking great strides in giving that encouragement, and we definitely recommend giving them a look when you have a minute to spare.

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