Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics; these are the five main concepts students will learn in the month of January.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 8.8 million jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field as of 2016. According to YouthQuest Program Director Cheryl Adkins, as this field continues to grow it is important to add the “A” to STEM to form a fully rounded student.
“Art helps foster creativity and critical thinking in students,” says Adkins. “Those are important skills, especially as they relate to the real-world application of STEM.”
To demonstrate this, students will consider multiple perspectives of any given subject. When studying Michigan for instance: students will learn science by exploring natural resources for the state; technology by discussing what technology was built in Michigan; engineering by exploring developments such as roads and bridges in the state; math by fitting images together to form the state’s shape; and use art concepts to put the project together.
Other lessons students will participate in include:
Parents can extend learning at home with the following activities:
YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.