What is STEM and why STEM toys?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
As a mother of five and a grandmother of many, I have many people to worry about. While raising my kids, I was always very concerned about the education they received and the skills they developed. It was always important for me to introduce them to science and technology – because I believed, and still strongly do, that those skills can ensure good jobs. By giving my kids the opportunity to explore STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - and helping them develop a passion for these disciplines, I felt I was handing them the key to a successful career.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce confirm my feelings that STEM skills are good skills for kids to have. In their report, the U. S. Department of Commerce notes that STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers.
But STEM is more than just preparing for a good job. STEM subjects teach students how to think critically and how to solve problems — skills that can be used throughout life. Problem solving skills and critical thinking have helped my children face many challenges, both in the workplace and outside of work, that they have encountered over the years.
More and more schools are now implementing STEM programs. By reinforcing at home the STEM skills that are taught in school, parents further benefit their children. STEM toys are toys that encourage kids to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They help to create the passion for these core disciplines, they teach problem solving and critical thinking, and most importantly, are fun to play with. STEM toys are truly toys for today that teach for tomorrow.
- Irit Sherman