Back in the day (when I was in school) there was a real drive to introduce girls and minorities to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This was almost (not quite) 20 years ago and educators back then new that this was the wave of the future. As a result I was able to participate in some amazing groups and meet lots of people, travel all over the country, and learn about all kinds of amazing things.
I'm trying to do the same in my little homeschool room but I think my daughter beat me to the punch. Science is her thing and in particular biology. Where this ends up will be interesting to see but for now we just encourage her in her study of God's amazing animals.
We've been discussing what we can do for this new school year and to pass the love around I've rounded up some great resources for each discipline.
Whether or not these are perfect for your little ones, there are wonderful resources out there to inspire young girls and boys.
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This is one of the most sought-after subscriptions – and gifts that keep on giving. 12 complete kits for science experiments arrive at your door for one full year. Best of all, it's 50% off right now and comes to $10/month. It's an investment that pays dividends in fun and learning.
If you haven't heard of Minecraft yet, come out from under the rock! The Minecraft world gets kids excited to build their own creations. I like this one because it's a relatively affordable ($30, versus up to $300!) program that teaches children computer programming skills via Minecraft. If this one's not right for your family, I highly recommend other Learn to Mod programs – or just google “Minecraft Coding” and dive in!
This beautiful set gets kids using their hands, creating a bevy of tinker toys from different challenge cards. The sky's the limit with this set that encourages design thinking that's so important in the work force. But the best part is this is just fun.
I can't speak highly enough of this series of narrative-based math books. Kids learning addition to young adults in college benefit from one character's journey through life encountering contextual math problems that make math make sense! Plus, cute. Check out the whole brand – there are even reading lessons with the same characters.