STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
I am STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). As a CHEMICAL ENGINEER, I know how important math and science are in preparation for a STEM major and career.
My third-grader dressed as a scientist for “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up” day. She is also joining an after school STEM club for six weeks. The club will provide a strong foundation for building math skills as well as an introduction to coding. By starting early my daughter is building a solid foundation to becoming a strong innovator in STEM.
My scientist in the lab……
Did you know the women hold only 25% of STEM jobs according to the U.S. Department of Commerce? Every February during National Engineers Week one day in the week is named- Girl Day. This day is designated as Introduce Girls to Engineering. Check your local universities or colleges for activities next year. Here are some ways girls can stay inspired….
PARENTS, How can you bring STEM activities to your home? You can incorporate these fun and exciting STEM activities to INSPIRE your middle school students.
If you are the PARENT/GUARDIAN of a budding SCIENTIST in grades 5-8, READ below to find out about a phenomenal opportunity to use their STEM skills in a FUN, EXCITING, and INNOVATIVE way.
**Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge**
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. Through the program, young inventors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
Enter here Young Scientist Challenge
The mission of the Young Scientist Challenge is to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education teamed up with 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.
How the Challenge Works
• Call for entries is currently open through April 20, 2016. To enter, participants must submit a one-to-two-minute video describing the science behind a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem.
• Judges evaluate the entries through April and May based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.
• Ten finalists are announced in the summer. These participants will be challenged to develop their innovations that positively impacts lives (including them, their family, their community or the global population). The students will participate in a mentorship program during which they will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists as their mentors.
• Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2016.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of 3M. All opinions stated are my own.