STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) literacy is widely understood to be a critical foundation for students to build the skills needed for the changing workforce. In addition, STEM learning is applicable for all students to aid in developing problem-solving skills, thinking creatively and critically, and understanding the world around them. This kind of thinking is fundamental throughout a student’s education and is the foundation for important skills in all aspects of life, regardless of the vocation a student pursues.
STEM learning should be fun, engaging, and easy to continue at home, using simple household materials. While engineering concepts are all around us, it can seem hard to consider STEM outside of the classroom without easy-to-understand materials.
This week, the Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, is partnering with Arkansas AMI to deliver fun STEM lessons from its hands-on PreK-8 STEM curricula, EiE®. Units from the Engineering Everywhere curriculum, traditionally taught in out of school time settings and classrooms throughout Arkansas, are available for families live this week through Arkansas AMI.
Viewers will be able to follow engaging STEM lessons and even try activities at home. These lessons, such as “Growing Up: Engineering Vertical Farms” and “Plants to Plastics: Engineering Bioplastics,” bring easy, fun STEM education into families’ homes – no science or engineering background required. The engineering topics covered in these units through AMI include agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, green engineering, and process engineering, all demonstrated through hands-on, engaging, and real-world challenges.
When students continue their science and engineering learning at home, they become the expert. In addition to the EiE units offered through AMI, EiE also offers STEM solutions such as interactive digital storybooks that build STEM literacy and science vocabulary, which you can explore.
Looking for more STEM fun? The EiE lessons offered through AMI this week are part of the Museum of Science’s overall at-home experience, MOS at Home. This virtual Museum experience offers exhibits, podcasts, daily live presentations on topics such as space, reptiles, dinosaurs, and STEM Beyond School, presentations that offer fun ways to think like an engineer with simple household tools.
STEM learning connects with many aspects of everyday life, making it easy to continue education at home. Whether your family is new to science and engineering or you are experts, the Museum of Science makes it simple and fun to incorporate these important and salient topics into at-home learning.
To view all of the Museum of Science’s online offerings at MOS at Home, please visit mos.org/mos-at-home. New presentations, activities, podcasts, and more are added each day.
The Museum of Science, Boston’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology. As science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world, it means we promote active citizenship informed by the world of science and technology; inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering; and encourage young people of all backgrounds to explore and develop their interests in understanding the natural and human-made world. To do this, we continue building our position as a leader in the world’s museum community and use our educational perspective as an informal learning institution to help the formal pre-K-12 education system.