Robotics and Early Childhood Education
March 19, 2015
Kids and technology. Today they are inextricably intertwined. Our modern children are fascinated by video games, computers, text messages and cell phones. What could be more natural than using that interest to get them excited about the very things all those electronic gadgets represent: science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)?
The Developmental Technologies Research group of Tuffs University has recently set out to try and understand the ways in which our chil… » read more
Top STEAM Toys of 2015
March 05, 2015
Children learn through play. They master everything from talking to eye-hand coordination to relationships through the games they make up for themselves and the toys they play with. What better way, then, for them to explore those all-important subjects in STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- than to turn it into play?
According to Tuffs University's Early Childhood Robotics Network website, toys that include robotics provide children a "playful bridge" to STEAM learning. … » read more
Let nature whet your child’s appetite for life science
February 19, 2015
Why science matters
If you watch the news, you are probably aware that the United States has fallen woefully behind other developed nations when it comes to our children’s science test scores. Ironically, this comes at a time when job opportunities in the fields of science and technology are booming.
The solution to this problem is staring us in the face. We need to interest our children in science early on. By stimulating their interest, and following up with high-quality science classes and le… » read more
Rainy day physical science projects
February 05, 2015
All children are natural-born scientists. They look at the world all around them and see endless opportunities to learn, experiment and explore. This starts very early on. Babies squish the mashed peas on their plates to see them ooze out between their fingers. Toddlers dunk their toys in the bath tub, curious to see if they will sink to the bottom of the tub or bounce back to the surface.
Sometimes everyday life and its demands and busy schedules can stifle our children's wonderful, natural cur… » read more
Choosing extracurricular activities for the coming year
February 03, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! We've all just turned to the first month of a fresh, new calendar, and a whole New Year lies ahead of us just waiting to be explored. What a great time to think about all the exciting learning opportunities that await our children in the upcoming year.
Extracurricular activities can be a big part of those learning opportunities. And there are so many to choose from! Kids today have more opportunities than ever to expand their learning horizons outside of school. They ca… » read more