Entertaining and Educating the Engineer Minded Child….Even Though You Are NOT an Engineer or Scientist.

Over the recent years there is a new term called STEM. What is STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. This new STEM education focuses on educating children how to apply those things they have learned in a practical way. Growing up with parents of a financial background, limited my scope of what is out there.

So I came up with ideas of a STEM program I can do as a parent for my two little girls. Here are a few steps:

  1. Do you want to invest in your child’s future?

I am not going to lie, investing in your child’s future can be pricey. You might want to go out and buy all the items in this blog but you might find that your bank account has lost a lot of money. I will list a few starter items that won’t break the bank at the end of this blog. In the future I will talk about others ways to invest in your child’s educational future and what educational items to get your child at particular ages. (please leave a comment or email me at the bottom requesting particular topics you would like to hear.)

2. Get them the Knex and Legos.

This is a wonderful first step for any child with a technical, artistic, and/or brilliant mind. It allows them to build and create objects that are existing. In other cases, it even allows them to tinker on things that have not been created either.

3. Get some books and Google search.

Make sure your children read about potential career opportunities such as:  Aerospace, Software Developer, Chemist, Robotics, etc. This will allow them to get excited about a particular field they never heard about. Once they are engaged in something, start by finding mini projects that are related to those fields of interest. Example a kid likes Robots, so look into buying Lego Mindstorms or LittleBits. Click pictures below.

4. If they are older than 12 start getting them into more advanced topics like below

  • C/C++ Software (Coding)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Architectural Software
  • Chemistry Sets

Coding and electrical engineering can be addressed in Lego Mindstorm or Little Bits. For that little civil engineer or architect, you can get a intro chief architect home designer software.

My parents got me this my junior/senior year, and I played with it for over a year. It helped me realize I was not interested in being an architect. This saved me money that I would have spent on college classes that I wouldn’t have enjoyed.

By providing them more advanced outlets will allow them to be more creative, weed out the fields they are not interested in, or have impressive projects they have built they can show on their resume for college.

5. Make sure your kids take some time for technical/creative time outside of video games. You might realize that the more they enjoy doing those creative projects the less they play mindless video games and become better engineers and students.

All in all giving new outlets, that even yourself didn’t know about, to your kids will allow them to expand their view of the world and future.

Below are some picture links for basic starter items to get your brilliant scientist.

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