What’s So Great About STEM Education

What’s So Great About STEM Education

The acronym STEM is used to describe everything from summer camps to careers. When applied to curriculum, it means that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are taught together, rather than separately. Here at LMS this interdisciplinary approach makes perfect sense. There’s no way to build a boat without using knowledge from all four disciplines, just as there’s no way to fully understand boatbuilding without building a boat. Last Saturday, we took boat-related STEM curriculum and our belief that children (and maybe everyone!) learn better through hands-on activities to the Charleston STEM Festival. Since we couldn’t build full size wooden boats with the 10,000 expected attendees, we decided to host the Buoyancy Challenge. For five straight hours we handed tinfoil to kids, with instructions to shape the tinfoil into a boat that would hold as many coins as possible before sinking. The Buoyancy Challenge is a simple experiment that teaches many STEM concepts. Children also get really excited about it. What’s so...
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