Parent Partnership

Studies show there is a positive relationship between parent involvement and student success. Here are some things you can do to help your child explore STEM education (information taken from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration):

  1. Help your children see how they encounter science, technology, and mathematics in their everyday lives. Whether it be in the sports section of the newspaper reviewing team statistics, cooking with your children, or working around the house on painting or building projects, point out how mathematics, science, or technology is being used.
  2. Encourage students to ask questions and explore careers early. How much education is required to be a mechanical engineer, a computer programmer, or a radiologist? What subjects should they be taking in school to prepare them for a STEM career?
  3. Familiarize yourself with the national and state standards in science, mathematics, and technology. Become aware of what your child should be learning at each grade level.
  4. Have your child involved in various organizations such as the 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Clubs, or boys and girls clubs that help develop an interest in the STEM fields.
  5. Take advantage of informal learning opportunities such as museums, science centers, planetariums, aquariums, zoos, and park/recreation programs. We live in an area that has an excellent selection of informal learning opportunities and programs.
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