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Problem-solving and STEM support outside of school

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Chess helps with strategy and problem-solving skills.

According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, an estimated 2.4 million STEM jobs are unfilled in 2018. With high earning potential and a solid demand, careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are an important avenue to explore.

Here are five ways you can help encourage your child to participate in activities that support STEM or build important job skills like problem-solving.

  1. Try board games. 
  2. Visit a library.
    • Not only do modern-day libraries have technology within their branches, many offer clubs and activities surrounding STEM or have specific branches designated as tech hubs. This means your teen can access special technology like 3D printers, cameras, and robots for FREE! Contact your local branch to find out what programs are available in your area.
  3. Attempt an escape room.
  4. Work on robot, RC, drone or model kits.
    • Building from a kit works on engineering, fine motor skills, and spatial awareness. When the kit includes movement, your child will be learning about mechanics and technology as well. You can build a kit at home or look for a group in your community that works on larger projects like First Robotics (there are 250 FRC teams in Canada…that’s over 7,500 teens!).
  5. Plan day trips that combine learning with fun and interaction.