Parents

Welcome, Parents, Grandparents, and Interested Others

Because you are here, we know that you want your student(s) to be enthusiastic, competent science learner(s). You have probably bought into at least one of the following messages about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics):

STEM is Fun! (for Students)

STEM is Money! (for Parents)

STEM is the future! (for Teachers and Corporations)

And why is it important for everyone?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.

Have you considered how often we experience STEM in our lives? Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation…The list is almost endless. In today’s world, technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics. STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives.

Let’s consider how STEM effects what is closest and dearest to us—our children. MORE…

STEM Resources for Parents

KC Resources and Field Trips has over 25 destinations for your family field trip—places to experience science, nature, research, and so much more. Most of them are within 30-40 minutes of your home. Children learn so much from experience.

The STEM Broker  STEM parent avocate, April Boyd-Noronha provides the importance and impact of STEM careers through panels, consultations, and customized trainings. She will teach 4 classes the spring of 2016 through UMKC's Communiversity program. 5 Rules of Engagement for Parents Raising a Girl in STEM and 4-Step Plan for Girls Finding a STEM Mentor. 

STEM Career Websites are links to sites where you can learn about different STEM careers—their educational path, including high school preparation, college courses and major, and details of what the work is like and how much it pays. Some include video clips or podcast interviews with professionals in particular careers.

View “STEM is the Future for Our Kids” (PDF, 7MB)

Science-Related Websites are searchable, both alphabetically or by science topic. These vetted sites contain up-to-date science information, often with graphs, photos, videos, games, and much more. New sites are added several times a year.

Just for Parents connects you to sites that contain hints, methods, and advice about how to interest students in STEM. We plan to add sites as we find them.

Ideas for us? Send them to admin@sciencepioneers.org