Keep Kids Curious With STEM

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world …”—President Barack Obama, 2015

With the start of the new school year, it’s important to keep your kids curious about the world around them and how it works. Research shows that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) help students learn how to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high schoolers are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career.

Help spark an interest in science in the kids in your life with these engaging—and fun!—items from the Nat Geo Store.

 

Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals Kit

Make your student a rock star. The very cool Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals experiment kit has more than 18 hands-on projects to capture kids’ imaginations while they learn about crystal chemistry and rock formation. They grow crystals, build 3-D models, mold their own geode, test and identify minerals, and much more.

 

By the Numbers: 3.14

Not sure that numbers can be fun? Check out By the Numbers: 3.14, packed with colorful infographics that use numbers to illustrate cool concepts. For example: Did you know that the biggest starfish species can grow up to 31 inches in diameter? And that there are 318,979,564,000 ways to play the first four moves in a chess game? Get these facts (plus lots more) and learn how to make your own infographic on any topic you like.

 

How Things Work: Inside Out

In How Things Work: Inside Out, kids discover the secrets and science behind things like trick candles, 3-D printers, lava lamps, and Silly Putty. There are also projects to tackle, like making a pinhole camera. Tons of photos, diagrams, and illustrations—not to mention cool trivia—will keep your STEM scholar entertained for hours.

 

Engineering the Impossible DVD

Ever wonder how huge structures like the Pyramids at Giza were constructed without modern tools? Engineering the Impossible takes us back to time to see three of the greatest engineering feats—the Great Pyramid, the Roman Colosseum, and Chartres Cathedral—for ourselves with stunning computer-generated re-creations, historic details, and fresh new perspectives.

Still want more? Check out our complete STEM Collection for more science kits, books, DVDs, games, and much more.

 

More on STEM From National Geographic

 

STEM Facts

  • The U.S. Bureau of Statistics says that in the next 20 years, 80 percent of jobs will require technical skill.
  • By 2022, there will be nine million STEM jobs in the U.S.
  • Students do most of their hands-on tinkering outside of school.
  • 81 percent of teens say science is interesting.
  • Teens rank hands-on lab experiments as the most engaging teaching method.
  • In 2015, seven out of the 10 largest STEM occupations were computer-related.
  • Also in 2015, 93 out of 100 STEM occupations had wages above the national average.

 

National Geographic and STEM

National Geographic is home to a thoughtful selection of educational toys, games, activity kits, books, and more that engage young minds and foster a lifetime of discovery through fun and hands-on learning. The leading concept in 21st-century education is STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s a cross-disciplinary approach to learning that entrepreneurs and educators believe is key to a healthy innovation economy.

We’re proud to have been supporters of STEM learning since long before the acronym was invented. Anyone who has watched a child open a present only to set the gift aside and play with the box knows that kids have an innate curiosity and desire to explore and understand their world. National Geographic explorers never lose that curiosity, and it has led to some of the most remarkable discoveries in the last 125 years.