STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) are a crucial part of our children’s education. The future of the energy industry depends on passing on these skills to our future generations. Here, we’ve selected a few books to consider sharing with your kids that are filled with great stories and cool projects that can help lay a foundation for any mixture of these disciplines.
These 28 super cool projects are a great way to introduce critical thinking skills to your child! There are three levels of difficulty so a child of any age would have a lot of fun with these. We even tried a few ourselves… personal favorite is the balloon rocket cars! The best part is most of the projects require only things you have around the house. These hands-on learning experiences are perfect for curious little minds.
We love this book because first and foremost- it involves sand! But more importantly, it uses a fun kid-friendly activity to introduce basic programming skills and coding to your little one – all without a computer. From loop to if-then-else code, the girl and her robot are able to build and protect her castle! We appreciate how this book teaches kids to think creatively, break big problems into small steps, and shows a diverse mix of races while telling a very entertaining story.
Rosie is an imaginative girl who loves turning “rubbish” into great inventions – like snake-repelling hats! We love this book not only because of Rosie’s creativeness, but also because it helps promote girl power and women in engineering. She also learns a powerful lesson in courage and fear of failure that anyone – adult and child – can appreciate.
Learn math with pizza? Yes please! Peg and Cat are best friends who have just opened a pizza shop. However, as customers come in, they realize they need to figure out what a “half” a pizza is. Then they have to divide two and a half pizzas up between four orders! This fun book about divisions helps illustrate math problems through visual learning.