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STEM Learning can be fun!

Cymer Digital Lab at MV YMCA
Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 15:22:19-04

Not only is it fun but it’s fascinating! From robots to rockets, STEM or STEAM education is all about exploring science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM learning matters. Get inspired – use your imagination, creativity and be part of the future of San Diego.

We hear it more and more but why is STEM or STEAM learning important?

STEM or STEAM learning allows students to learn in context instead of learning individual subjects in isolation. This integrated approach allows time and support for students to learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators, and collaborators.

These soft skills are what prepare students for college, career and life. We know as more students leave the K-12 experience they will have the skills and interest in meeting a constantly growing need in the education-industry pipeline for engineers, scientists, and innovators.

What can parents do at home to reinforce science, engineering, technology, and math concepts?

  • Support science and engineering by exploring everyday phenomena in the natural and human-made world. Get outdoors in your neighborhood or in San Diego’s amazing parks and outdoor spaces.
  • Support science and engineering by exploring everyday phenomena in the natural and human-made world. Get outdoors in your neighborhood or in San Diego’s amazing parks and outdoor spaces.
  • Show your children how you use math in the real world. Cook with them, grocery shop with them, and talk about what percent chance of rain really means.
  • Encourage your children’s curiosity. Model your own curiosity, share the questions you have about the natural and human made world with your children.

STEM activities in a welcoming and engaging learning environment

From a youth development perspective, the YMCA is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting them through STEM and STEAM education.

Youth are engaged in year-round STEM activities throughout San Diego County at the Y.

They’re learning how to solve problems, develop critical-thinking skills, getting comfortable with failure and trying again, but above all else, they’re able to see themselves in a STEM career when they grow up.

At the Mission Valley YMCA, your high schooler can be part of a FREE program this summer. “Next Gen Institute” is a FREE 8-week program was created to help youth learn how to create digital media arts content using programs like Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Logic Pro, while learning valuable workplace skills.

For more information and to apply, visit ymcasd.org/missionvalley.