What is STEM?

Oct 31 , 2020

Oliver Sana

What is STEM?

What is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

The importance of STEM education

All of this effort is to meet a need. According to a report by the website STEMconnector.org, by 2018, projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills — nearly 600,000. The field of cloud computing alone will have created 1.7 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, according to the report. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be:

 

  • Computing – 71 percent
  • Traditional Engineering – 16 percent
  • Physical sciences – 7 percent
  • Life sciences – 4 percent
  • Mathematics – 2 percent

STEM jobs do not all require higher education or even a college degree. Less than half of entry-level STEM jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher. However, a four-year degree is incredibly helpful with salary — the average advertised starting salary for entry-level STEM jobs with a bachelor's requirement was 26 percent higher than jobs in the non-STEM fields, according to the STEMconnect report. For every job posting for a bachelor's degree recipient in a non-STEM field, there were 2.5 entry-level job postings for a bachelor's degree recipient in a STEM field.

This is not a problem unique to the United States. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Academy of Engineering reports that the Brits will have to graduate 100,000 STEM majors every year until 2020 just to meet demand. According to the report, Germany has a shortage of 210,000 workers in the mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology disciplines.

Our STEM Products to Help Growth of Your Kids

1. Solar Car Kit

Model Car Kit for Kids to Build : Science Kits for Kids Experiment : Start Tinkering and Learn Through Play.

We created the Solar Powered Car Kit to inspire young inventors to build and paint their own solar car.

This attractive robot building kit puzzle, ''Racing Car'' by SmartsToy will help you exercise your spatial thinking and hand dexterity while offering hours of fun as you figure out how to put together these pieces of plywood to form a beautiful racing car worthy of display on your desk or bookshelf

Children are happiest with their hands and minds are working together – they're having fun and they can showcase their creations.

Features:

1. Create your own car - Kids create their solar car using the motors, with snapcircuits and Solar Panel. Battery not needed.

2. Build wooden robots - Open-ended play with real wood, real motors, real solar energy and real hardware inspires DIY Robotics for girls and boys. Pure hands-on engineering

3. Make Stem fun -Creative and personalized stem for girls and boys

4. A great family activity - Kids teens, parents and grandparents all love building and innovating together

5. Pretend Play with LOL dolls, lego or Funko character

Kids learn how alternative green energy sources can be used to power up.

Kit includes everything needed, just add your creativity and see your child's mindblown. You can paint it, or leave the wood unfinished. Watch your child's delight and sense of accomplishment with the car they build and personalize. Great combination of science, arts and crafts. Perfect STEAM Toy for kids. Exciting and educational building toy for 10 years olds and above. This 3D wooden puzzle would make a lovely gift for kids, friend or parents.

2. Motorized Ferris Wheel

Beginner Tinker Kit with Circuits, Motors and Pulley system

Our building kit is the perfect toy for both adult and children! You need no additional tools than the ones provided with the kit. This mini Ferris wheel provides a fun yet educational experience for the entire family

 

Introduce your child to the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with our fun and exciting tinker toys. Enhance your child’s natural curiosity and empower them with the skills they need for a bright and successful future with a real, spinning amusement park favorite they’ll adore. The perfect learning gifts for kids to help them build a solid foundation in the STEM world

These STEM educational toys help develop your child's fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, their cognitive ability, problem-solving skills, as well as working on their imagination. It also helps improve their communication skills by way of asking for help. This STEM building toy is educational even for adults by working on all the same skills. The small pieces also help you hone your dexterity during assembly.

The wooden pieces of the Ferris wheel toy set can also be painted as this will add another layer of fun and creativity to the entire endeavor. You can sit with your child and paint the Ferris wheel any color you choose and truly take it to another level with your artistic skills. This way, this building toy works both on your artistic and engineering skills.

  Features:  

  • Model kit - Wooden Construction Toys 
  • Includes Everything - All tools, electric motor kit , screwdriver, screws, bushing and more 
  • STEM Toy - Science fair ideas, STEM Club, Science camp, Homeschooling, Physics science projects and Experiment, Intro to engineering
  • Fun for children & adults 
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    3. Surprise Eggs with Dinosaurs

    Build your own Jurassic Park

    Inspire your little creator to build their own Jurassic Park! This 6 in 1 mini building block inside plastic eggs will provide hours of fun for your kids. This Dino building blocks set includes 6 different dino species that combine to make a large Dino!

    Kids will enjoy putting these ancient beasts together, while fundamental skills such as problem solving exercise their minds. Take a hands-on walk through Jurassic times with your young engineer.

    It’s a perfect gift that rolls fun and education into one.

    4. Unicorn Wall Clock

    BUILD YOUR OWN MAGICAL UNICORN CLOCK: Paint your own unicorn with diamond crystals. This Arts and Crafts Kits for kids compels kids to drop their electronic games to learn how to build a clock.

    A wonderful gift for girls & boys, a learning craft activity for children, siblings and friends. Fun for girls and boys ages 7 to 12 years old - a great gender neutral toy or gift for kids

    5. Kids Lamp DIY Kit

    Make Your Own lamp with Circuit and Paint

    Unleash your creativity and transform your room into works of art with Smartstoy science and art activity kit! With this guided fun activity, young artists can easily create a Sunflower garden Nightlight " A luminous 'stained glass' work of art". Includes 4 vibrant window paints and an acetate sheet to create personalized room decor, this kit makes for the perfect rainy day craft or Group activity. When you are finished painting suncatchers Sunflower garden, display your colorful sun catcher creations using the included kit. This Building and art activity kit is a great gift for crafters ages 6 years and up!

    Perfect Family Night Activity

    Smartstoy stain glass décor is a combination of STEM arts and craft activity suitable for smart kids who enjoy being challenged!

    Whether you're trying to encourage intellectual curiosity, spark a genuine passion for science in your child, or merely looking for a new way to pass the time & bond with each other, the illuminated Stain Art Kit might be that special product you’ve been searching for.

    6. Gem Excavation kit for Kids

    Want your child to have an exciting, realistic geology adventure?

    Our Gemstones for Kids Kit lets kids excavate gemstones using realistic tools &showcase their treasure on a keychain & pendant

    Our rocks and minerals for kids STEM toy is a hands-on science experiments for kids learning projects that shows real world applications. No more disappointments with Kids Science Experiment Kits that arrive broken,with pieces missing, painted rocks & fake gems too small to see.

    Gemstone Dig Kit contains 12 real gems buried deep & well-distributed throughout the brick, to challenge your child & give them a realistic mining experience.

    Unearth the gifts of earth and be surprised by how much they learn with this science activity. This Excavation Kit Includes:

    - 12 Real Gems in a clay

    - Tools : Chisel, Hammer & brush

    - Set of Goggle

    -Storage Bag

    - Jewelry kit : Keychain & Pendant accessories to make cool stuff

    The subject of rocks and minerals for kids is always a winner! Kids are fascinated by gemstones and crystals and geodes. Start a gemstone dig kit rock collection box for kids! This digging clay includes rocks like Amethyst, crystal, Amber, quartz , pyrite, and more adding hours of fun.

    Smartstoy makes science experiments for kids that are STEM hands-on learning projects combined with real world applications.

     STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

    Our STEM toys aid in cognitive, problem solving & motor skills & work to inspire your child’s imagination.