STEM Education: How Teachers and Parents Can Help Create a Better Tomorrow

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“I really wish we didn’t have to take a math classes in college,” said Eva. “The ideas are all hard for me to understand. It’s like my brain doesn’t work that way.” Eva is like many college students, woefully unprepared for college math and classes that involve math. Many teachers witness this struggle within their classroom and students, requiring future changes to be made. However, the field of education is constantly evolving. Whether it is because of the introduction of new technology or even new ways of teaching itself, teachers need to be innovators. A new initiative in the teaching community is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); it will better prepare children for higher education and future high paying jobs. …show more content…
The earlier the concepts are introduced, the more comfortable and at ease; the child will feel about them later. Teachers are finding the need to return to training in order to facilitate the implantation of STEM into their classrooms. Professional development classes are the way many teachers stay current with new teaching styles and theories. Properly prepared teachers can easily incorporate these new strategies into any level of classroom. Early childhood education should be a child’s first introduction to STEM education. “Although four disciplines are included in the acronym STEM, science and mathematics are the most familiar to teachers of young children” (Moomaw, 2013, p. 3). Most preschool learning centers have an underutilized STEM element to them; the teacher just needs to point it out to the students. Sometimes, with a few slight modifications or with additional materials added, these centers can present new STEM concepts. For example; adding rulers to a block center not only expands on the engineering aspect of the block table but also introduces a math element. Teachers are required to be familiar with STEM concepts in order to think outside the box, when it comes to play center modification. Teachers are not the only ones who can help prepare children for the future. Parents can also play an important role in the early introduction of STEM education. Technology savvy parents can introduce their pre-k children to STEM

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