This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
From an early age, most parents can tell what school subjects their children enjoy and which they do not. Typically, they gravitate toward subjects that naturally come easier to them or ones they find entertaining. If they find a subject boring or hard you better believe begging, sternness, and almost bribery will be required to THAT homework finished.
Starting in 1st grade, my oldest son became really interested in anything about the planets and outer space. His math skills also seemed to shine whereas he has always had some trouble with writing and reading. That's fine. It's just something he needs to work on. Nobody is perfect at everything. As a person, who let's face it, STILL sucks at math I prefer him to be more mathematically inclined anyway. I can always help him with reading and English but math not so much.
The funny thing with kids, though, is if you expose them to things they already like they can learn to like brand new things as well. You just have to find that secret path in and then you are golden. The Boys & Girls Club of America have the right idea with their new platform.
Through a platform called My.Future teens and kids are encouraged to explore STEM topics that they are already a fan of (i.e. robotics, game design, ect.) in hopes of fostering a love for technology and digital literacy. By giving your child this opportunity, you are giving them an extra something something up their sleeves when it comes time for the big boy job hunt. Every bit of knowledge and experience they have in their pocket will put them a step above the rest and hopefully help them get one of the many STEM-related jobs available.
I want my son's love for STEM subjects to continue well into adulthood. As we all know technology is the future. Every year more and more STEM jobs are created but sadly a lot of people lack the knowledge and skills to fill such positions. By introducing children to programs like the Boys & Girls Club of America we are giving them a chance to discover and develop a love for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at an early age.
Today's world is already very competitive just imagine it in another 10 years. Anything we can do now to help improve our children's future I am for. STEM education is definitely a key thing to bolster our children's future in this already technologized world.
Are your kids interested in STEM subjects?