How can teachers harness the power of STEM education and learning in the primary curriculum? This book gives practical STEM ideas for the classroom and supports teachers to make the most of opportunities for rich STEM experiences across the primary curriculum. This book:  – Explores the nature of STEM education and why it matters  – Highlights the opportunities for STEM learning across the curriculum  – Supports teachers to design and innovate engaging STEM learning experiences  – Includes a chapter on STEM in the early years.

STEM and making links with home

Stem and making links with home
Amanda Smith

Introduction

There is considerable evidence that when families see STEM subjects as ‘hard’ or ‘boring’ rather than ‘exciting’ and ‘full of potential’, children are less likely to engage with and see STEM as being for them (Smith, 2002; NIACE, 2013; Macdonald, 2014). Support from families and carers is vital if more children are to opt for STEM subjects.

This need to engage families and carers in the STEM-related learning of children is addressed in science via a number of projects and resources. Examples include Learning Science Together, Science Opens Doors, the Institute of Physics’ Marvin and Milo cards, Science Sparks and Pop up Physics for Families. All focus on ...

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