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Today we are doing a S.T.E.M. activity.
S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
You Will Need:
- Jumbo craft sticks
- Plastic cups—we used the 3 oz size
S.T.E.M. activities are great to do with your kids because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success; but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.
We had three building challenges for our activity.
Challenge #1 Build a tower with only one block at the base
Challenge#2 Build the tallest tower you can with a square shaped base
Challenge #3 Build the strongest tower you can we tested the strength of our towers by seeing whose tower could hold the most books.
Benefits of S.T.E.M. Activities
Building with blocks is great even at a young age, it develops:
- Motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
- Spatial skills,
- A capacity for creative and divergent thinking,
- Social skills
- Language skills