Four STEM-tastic Activities Using Waste and Upcycled Materials

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are essential for success in the modern world. Even in fields not directly related, the skills developed through STEM learning—such as trial and error, problem-solving, and critical thinking—are a big part of almost any career, not to mention having the potential to significantly boost income!

Recent research into the key motivators and beliefs for kids ages 11-17 surrounding STEM topics found that interest peaks at a younger age, but dwindles as kids get older. Additionally, research has also shown that gender stereotypes relating to math being a “boy’s subject” can set in as early as second grade. In order to prepare kids for life in this rapidly-changing world, as well as break down harmful stereotypes, we should teach them these essential skills sooner rather than later!

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