When teaching STEM to children, games and fun activities can be a helpful resource to keep learners engaged, stimulated, and eager to learn.
STEM refers to educational topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These subjects have always been a core part of quality education, and in today’s increasingly digital and tech-dominated world, they’re even more important.
By learning STEM from an early age, kids will be gaining a powerful advantage by picking up the skills needed to comfortably navigate the world of the 21st Century. On top of that, STEM gives kids an incredibly valuable foundation in areas that lead to rewarding careers.
Learning STEM can take place both in the classroom and at home — you just need the right set of engaging activities. Sphero has compiled a range of STEM activities and games to try out based on your particular environment and circumstances.
Socially-Distanced STEM Activities
With many learners studying from home, connecting to their classrooms and teachers remotely via video chat and other forms of mediated communication.
This can feel frustrating for both parents and kids, but there’s no reason for social distancing to stand in the way of a quality STEM education (in fact, it can be a great opportunity to teach practical computer skills).
Our range of resources includes at-home starter kits with simple STEM activities for kids, webinars for distance learners, and a range of activities including robots. We even put together a list of fun recess games to keep things engaging during breaks.
Here are some science and math activities and STEM kits that can be used to teach STEM topics while complying with social distancing:
- 9 Recess Games for Social Distancing with Sphero
- Six New Socially-Distanced Activities for Sphero Robots and littleBits STEM Kits
- Sphero Webinar: Actively Engaging Distance Learners
- 4 STEM Kits and Educational Tools for Hybrid and Virtual Learning
STEM Classroom Activities
For those who are able to access a classroom environment, there are many excellent STEM activities and games available. In fact, most of these activities are also perfectly fine to use in virtual classrooms or when social distancing is necessary.
Our resources include guides to teaching STEM as part of a gym class, different project ideas for a range of classroom types, and tips for building creativity into your STEM curriculum. Kids will love these original and inspiring STEM classroom activities:
- STEM in the Gym: How Robots can Teach Physical Education
- 5 Sphero STEM Activities for Middle School Students
- 21 Wacky Wednesday Ideas: Fun, Easy, & Creative Activities for Kids
- Four littleBits Inventions to 'Level Up' Your Learning with micro:bit
- Project-Based Learning Examples: 6 PBL activities for home or in the classroom
STEM At-Home Activities
STEM isn’t just limited to the classroom, of course, and learning from home isn’t limited to the pandemic. Even under normal circumstances, it’s important to build on STEM concepts and lessons at home, adding to classroom learning with extra study.
These can be activities for the whole family, and there are many STEAM and STEM games and exercises to help your children learn and practice these crucial topics in as rewarding and fun of a way as possible.
Here are some resources for learning STEM at home:
Introduce STEM Activities and Games Today
STEM learning is an important part of any child’s education, and it’s only going to become more relevant as time goes on. It’s important to position STEM as a fun, exciting, and valuable opportunity, and the only way to do this is by using engaging exercises.
Sphero helps both teachers and parents alike teach STEM in the classroom and at home by being the resource for these activities. For more ideas, check out our Sphero Activities portal.
And, don’t forget to take a look at our range of STEM kits and programmable robots designed to make STEM learning easy and accessible for everyone.