Science is fun when it’s applicable, and you can watch it happen before your eyes. One way to instil the idea that science is practical, is to teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects. Usually science chemistry lessons are taught in the kitchen with baking projects. But biology also happens in the kitchen with healthy foods like bread, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, ginger ale and kombucha. And, you don’t need an oven for most of these science projects. So they can happen more … [Read more...]
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We’ve written about STEM education, and its evolution into STEAM as of late (that is, combining science, technology, engineering and math with the arts). These subjects lend themselves to a trending topic called the Maker education movement. In this article, we’ll answer the question of what the Maker education movement is, and how it can help enhance your child’s education, especially in light of the STEM and STEAM curriculums being advocated for. What is Maker education, and why does it … [Read more...]
In a past article we discussed ‘How the push for STEM education in Canada could change your child's future.’ We talked about how modern curriculums are including science, technology, engineering and math as an interdisciplinary approach. We also discussed the way in which governments, businesses and organizations are investing in teaching and popularizing those subjects. STEM is becoming a framework for ensuring a viable workforce in Canada’s future. However, a newer term has been popping up, … [Read more...]
STEM education in Canada can be argued to be just as important today as it is in the USA, our close neighbour. This is showing up in your child’s future with a push for the STEM subjects all around us; even toy makers have hopped on this trend - and we know they go where the money is. So make way, STEM is here to stay. See related: Educational gifts for kids related to math and science Here is how the push for STEM education in Canada could be shaping your child’s future as we … [Read more...]