My sister in law studied science. She loved biology and really loves all things science. It has been great for us, because she not only teaches her kids to love science, but she always teaches ours, as well. If they don’t understand something or if they ask a question, she is the first person to explain it to them. She wants them to know the “why” of everything.
(Here is a picture of Jill & I on our latest trip to Hilton Head)
“Women make up 46.5 percent of the U.S. workforce, but hold only 25 percent of math and computer science jobs, and 11 percent of engineering jobs. One solution for changing this ratio sounds simple, but is often overlooked: Make more of an effort to interest girls in hard sciences from an early age.” ~GettingSmart.com
With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM careers, I am so glad that Jill wants Lia (my 4 year old niece) and Allie (3) to think past just doing “girly things” and really dive into science, at an early age like 3 and 4 (almost 4 & 5…. these two little ones have birthdays on the horizon!)
With that being said, here are 5 ways to encourage your daughters to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
1- StemBox. Today, I am partnering with Green Works for this post, because they are always looking for unique and fun ways to continue inspiring young girls to pursue a career in science, too. Through a partnership with StemBox, a monthly subscription service aimed at young girls that delivers hands on science experiments to their front door, Green Works is doing just thatI knew that Lia and Allie would love this… creating science, so we ordered our StemBox and jumped right in on the day that it came. (Their brothers joined in, too… just try to keep them away!)
Here is what the box looked like when we got it:
Here is Lia playing with it… which turned into a two hour playing and experimenting session!
2- Bug Set.
Our kids love to explore bugs, using tweezers to pick them up, a little jar with a magnifying glass to study them and the interest to find out more about them.
3- Grow your own crystals.
4- A cardboard box, kid-friendly scissors and masking tape. Just wait to see what they can create! Here is a picture from my nieces birthday party. With a little help from the grownups, they took boxes, plates and stickers and made themselves cars!
5- A microscope. I remember how much I loved using the microscope when I was in school. Now that our kids have one, they spend a lot of time examining everything from food to leaves to bugs (outside!).
Get started today and encourage your daughter to explore STEM. I highly suggest signing up for the StemBox subscription. You will love unlocking their natural potential with these StemBox experiments.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Green Works . The opinions and text are all mine.
I feel the same way about getting girls into STEM. I’d never heard of that box kit so I’ll have to check it out. We participate in engineering programs in our county and find great things online. Great post!