Hello! Welcome to our new blog.
So what is STEM Training? Well, it’s a website about adding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to a home education program.
So who am I?
I’m the home educating mother of 3 boys, who are currently 11, 8 and 3 years old. When I meet my husband he convinced me home education was the way for our family. After spending much time with other home educators and their amazing kids I was convinced. So I guess you could say we have home educated from day 1, which honestly we all do anyhow.
What has been a surprise to me is that I have ended up a STEM Mom. It was not a deliberate move at first, I tried using the traditional boxed curriculum but pretty quickly it became clear we were not one of those families. Then around 2 years ago we finally realized that our very active boys were not going to fall into the traditional mode of education.
So I started to research alternative options. That’s when I found the word STEM and STEAM coming up a lot and started to explore the concept more. Little did I know, I had already stepped onto this pathway, mainly because my son had lead me there. When he was sitting at 2 years old in his diaper with a cordless drill (don’t freak out he was supervised) unscrewing the screws on the door hinges to my bedroom door, I should have had a clue then.
So we put the shiny box curriculum away and started doing hands-on learning and projects. We still kept working with the reading and math but with a more hands-on approach.
So what is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It’s not a curriculum or program but an educational philosophy. It is believed that teaching these subjects in some combined form leads to a more well-rounded education and equips kids with a more practical education for their future careers. After all, in most jobs, you really don’t just deal with one subject or aspect.
You will sometimes hear me talk about STEAM. It’s basically STEM but with the addition of A for Art. STEM subjects are processed in the left ‘logical’ side of the brain only so by adding art in, which is a right ‘creative’ side activity you have whole brain engagement and therefore a more well-rounded learning experience. It has been proven that students retain more information and understand the concept better. I don’t actively promote STEAM any more as the Art definition is very vague and has been misinterpreted to add in subjects that don’t embody the STEM philosophy.
Our family has also adopted a project-based learning model where we present them with a problem and work with them to discover a solution. We give them the basic guidance and tools and then let them explore. After all, we have gained some of our modern day conveniences, like the light bulb, from experimentation and exploration. Like the great Edison said “I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It’s sort of like my home education journey, they weren’t failures just ways that didn’t work and we had to adjust.
So the purpose of the blog is to help home educators to incorporate STEM into their program.
We would like to invite you to join our educational journey.