A Wonder-filled World
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Research has shown that children who participate in STEM studies are more creative, flexible, and are able to face challenges and tricky situations that may arise in their future workplace, relationships, and society.
These types of activities should encourage inquiry-based play. Inquiry-based play focuses on children's natural wonder about the world, and allows children to follow questions such as "why?" as they work hard to experiment with different solutions and problem-solve. This is a creative skill, and builds strength in the mind and confidence in abilities.
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation).