Summer Learning with STEM
School’s out and so is structured learning. Students can lose the equivalent of two months of their grade level in reading and math skills. Here are five ideas on how to keep your student learning while having fun this summer.
1. Make a Discovery Jar! Decorate an empty mason jar, and ask your child what they are wondering about. Maybe it’s what clouds are made of or maybe it’s how solar lights work. Ask your child what they are curious about and fill the jar with their questions. Pull out a question each day, and dedicate that day to finding the answer. Summer is a great time for family learning and discovery!
2. Send your kid to camp! Camp is a great way for kids to make new friends who have similar interest as your child and provides a great combination of learning and fun. Check out camps at the Lab offered each week, Monday – Friday, 9-3 pm.
3. Build! Hone your child’s design skills. See if they can help you pitch a tent in the backyard and camp out one night. Rain in the forecast? Provide your child with blankets, chairs, pillows, sheets and see what indoor fort they can build.
4. Kitchen science! Nothing combines lessons in math and science than baking. Learn fractions while measuring ingredients, and the different effects of heat on liquids and solid matter.
5. Visit a museum! Explore Children’s Science Center Lab all summer long and experience new exhibits, throw back Thursday experiments at the Bar, new demonstrations, Budding Bookworms, guest speakers and more!