8 reasons to get kids into STEM subjects early

Thursday 30th November

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It’s no news that kids need to be learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills early, but why is it important? And how do you get started? We’ve rounded up eight reasons why you should be nurturing your child’s interest in STEM subjects, and offer a few ideas about how to get the ball rolling.

1. STEM learning builds the skills kids need for the future

Did you know that there are already over 600,000 unfilled positions in the tech sector alone? As 65% of our children will be working in jobs that don’t even exist yet, that gap is going to grow. Getting your kids into STEM subjects ensures that the next generation has all the tools they need to create and invent a better future!

2. Starting early ignites a lifelong love of exploration and learning

STEM teaches kids so much about the world around them from how their favorite video games work, to the wonder of robots! There’s so much to learn and explore, and that’s one of the most important features of our kits. We want to ignite that love for exploration, and watch as #BrightSparks learn about the world around them in a way that they understand.

3. Learning through play is more fun

As parents, we hear a lot about quality of play, and we want to feel like our kids are getting as much benefit from their free time as their school time. With STEM kits, this becomes possible in so many different ways – from fun science experiments (who remembers building baking soda volcanoes?) to buzzing, whirling dough creations that run motors and play a tune!

4. STEM subjects nurture creativity and spark imaginations

When you encourage kids to be makers of tech and not simply consumers of it, there is a whole new world of creative inspiration at their fingertips. They learn that there are so many creative and imaginative ways to reach a desired outcome, building creative problem-solving skills in the process. Kits like Dough Universe start kids on this journey, from creating with dough to following their creations on the storybook app – the only limit is their imagination!

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5. Jump start innovative minds through invention

In the 21st century, though innovation is very frequently praised, it’s not always fostered in younger generations. Not only do we want to encourage creativity, but we also want to create an environment where our kids’ creativity can go from merely ideas to a reality! If you want your child to be a thinker and innovator who can bring ideas to life, encourage them to learn how to code and work with physical computers. STEM gives children confidence that they can be designers, builders, creators and makers.

6. Learning, but on their own terms

As parents, we can often be prescriptive when it comes to what our children are learning. We can give children a million reasons why STEM subjects are beneficial for them, but at the end of the day, one of the biggest benefits is that through STEM they can solve their problems! By putting children in the driving seat of their learning and play experience, we allow them to think critically about their own ways to solve the problems they encounter. Dough Universe is just a starting point for this way of thinking, in a couple years they’ll be hacking their Micro:bot to walk the dog!

7. Make STEM learning a family sport

STEM is for everyone: all genders, all ages, all abilities! With STEM-focused activities, you can create experiences for the whole family to get involved with and enjoy. Getting hands on with a tech kit is a great way to share what your child is learning, and maybe even learn a thing or two about circuits and making yourself.

8. Tech (and the next generation) really WILL save us

We might be a little biased with this one given our name, but we really believe that creative and empowered kids will save us, and STEM will be at the heart of it all. There is so much to be invented and explored, and our #BrightSparks are the ones who will do this. This is why Tech Will Save Us is focusing on sparking the creative imagination of young people using hands-on technology. Who knows what they will create next?

These are just a few of the many reasons getting your children involved and engaged with STEM subjects is so important. And with make-it-yourself toy kits like Dough Universe and the Electro Dough Kit, kids as young as four can start a lifelong journey of STEM learning and exploring.

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