The significance of staying active throughout the summer holidays

The eight week summer holiday period is a long time out of school, and while children have somewhat earned their break, it is also vital that their minds and bodies remain active during their downtime.

 

This period of inactivity can lead to a loss of acceleration that children build up during the school year, both physically and mentally.

 

Almost every kid is seen running a riot in the local parks during the holiday period. Instead, the new breed of the technology-driven child who prefers to remain sedentary is becoming more of the normal. For some kids, it’s in fact during school where they get most of their exercise whether that is during break time, PE lessons or at an Extended School club.

 

But that’s why it’s no surprise to see that kid obesity has never been as high as it’s today. Social and health care reported earlier this year that more than one in five kid in Reception and one in three kids in Year six were measured as overweight or obese.

 

Of course, factors such as diet, illness and the rise in modern technology can collide to have a detrimental effect on health but getting children moving, holds the key to combating this worrying increase in weight problems.

 

Summer is, without doubt, the ideal time of the year to be enjoying some active fun outdoors. Check out our available and straightforward Active Summer guide and give it a go!

 

  1. Take a weekly after-dinner walk, changing the route each week. While you walk, look at the nature around you: could you create a collage from the items that you collect along the way?

 

  1. Have a hula hoop competition to see who can keep it going the longest.

 

  1. Use the hula hoop to jump. How many jumps can you perform in a minute? Try again tomorrow, can you beat your score?

 

  1. Join up with other families for an A-Z scavenger hunt. The children can help to choose the items on the list.

 

  1. Have a family triathlon week: Go for a bike ride! Take a walk. Go for a swim. How far have you walked? Could you do it repeatedly in two weeks and take several routes? Did you go further?

 

  1. Choose an exciting location to walk each week, keep track of how far you have walked and calculated your summer result?

 

  1. Find a new park in the local city to visit! Adventure playgrounds and children’s fitness trails are becoming increasingly popular.

 

  1. Have a ‘nature’ focus week: a trip to the seaside, visit the local woods, visit a fruit picking farm, or even follow a local nature trail. Create a picture book of different and exciting things that you have seen during the week.

 

  1. Invite other families to join in with your activities for the day. Having more people take part is always better!

 

  1. Make a Family Pentathlon Week: jumping challenges, catching and throwing challenges, sprint challenges and bat & ball challenges.

 

  1. Host a Talent show; dance, sing, tell a story or joke or even juggle! You can hold rehearsals, auditions and be ready to act in a live final! Invite others to be the audience and recognise to use some audience participation to keep everyone active.

 

  1. Keep the body active by attempting some yoga and relax the mind as a family.

 

  1. As a family, try something none of you has tried before – learn a new set of skills.

 

  1. Take a flying disc to the park and make up a game for the whole family to play, three simple rules and a point system creates a challenge for everyone.

 

  1. Skipping is an excellent way to be active. Learn and improve a new skip trick each day and create a sequence to show others at the end of the week.

 

  1. Parents, teach your children your favourite childhood games (e.g. hopscotch, tag or what’s the time Mr Wolf?)

 

  1. With some chalk, make out your hopscotch or with some help to create some material sports: create a big twister in the back garden, everyone can get involved.

 

  1. Create a summer board game, full of ideas and activities. Let the dice help you decide and complete the challenges along the way.

 

  1. Play mini golf by creating your course in the back garden!

 

  1. Find a community event where the whole family can join, a fun event to help you collect activity days, stay active and receive money for a good cause.

 

  1. Create a backyard circus; dress up, be Active Animals, or practise a trick with a hoop or ball.

 

  1. Create your backyard games like balloon volleyball or badminton.

 

  1. Dance time: Every family member can choose a song for the entire family to get up and dance. Do a daily duty to spend time together in the inside or garden or outside and dance together and move and move! Share your favourite dance moves with the whole family.

 

We would love to view what you come up with so why not tweet us some of your photos @KidzToPros.

 

Kidztopros has been committed to ensuring that children remain engaged in physical activity every day. Medical guidelines state that each child must attend at least 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis and Kidztopros holds a determination to inspire each kid to embed this into their daily routines.

 

Begin as you mean to go is a phrase that springs to mind; we are all products of our upbringing, therefore if children are brought up to have physical activity ingrained in their daily lifestyles, they’re more likely to take it within adulthood.

 

Learning is key to the improvement of any kid and Kidztopros’s fun-filled Activity camps, summer camps and after-school activities ensure that children continue to learn during the off season. KidzToPros’s camps drives the concept of physical literacy which refers to movement competency; how well children can run, skip, hop, jump, throw and catch. It also relates to motivation and confidence – the better kids are at these skills, the more motivated and confident they will be to keep on participating or trying something new.

 

The activity at camps offers something different to suit every child’s interest.  Kidztopros’s camps are also renowned for its multi-sports, arts & crafts and team games, highlighting the diverse range of activities on offer to the children that attend.

 

The supervision is run by experienced and qualified staff who reflect the Kidzpros’s values and are passionate about ensuring that children participate in at least 60 minutes of activity every day while making sure that the activities on suggestion are as enjoyable as possible.

 

Kidztopros’s Activity Camps run throughout the summer, and you can book by visiting https://www.kidztopros.com/

 

3 Benefits of Using LEGO Mindstorms in Summer Camp

LEGO Mindstorms is a hardware-software platform created by LEGO for the improvement of
programmable robots based on LEGO building blocks. Each variant of the system includes
an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of motor and modular sensors,
and LEGO parts from the Technic line to create the mechanical systems.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is the 3rd generation robotics kit in LEGO’s Mindstorms line. It is
the successor to the 2nd generation LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. The "EV" designation
refers to the "evolution" of the Mindstorms product line. "3" refers to the fact that it is the 3rd
generation of computer modules – 1st was the RCX and the 2nd is the NXT.
LEGO Mindstorms uses software that is drag and drop, you only need to know some basics
about how to get the robot to follow your commands. It takes time to master, but it’s worth
the result.
Take a look at some of the subject areas accessed by work with the Mindstorms:
Math – Although not always a student favourite, math is applied to the robot building when it
comes to programming it. Geometry, particularly circle geometry is necessary to accurately
get the robot to rotate the wheels the requested distance.
Robotics – Who doesn’t want to build a robot and take over the world? Or at least the LEGO
world!
Mechanics – Part of the robot building has to do with putting the robot together with the
technic pieces. How those fit together and work efficiently is a big part of the task.
Physics – Along with efficiency, you need a stable structure. We spend a lot of time learning
which designs are the most stable.
Fun – There is no shortage of fun when it comes to exploring with a LEGO Mindstorms kit.
There are many educational robotics sets available on the market, but the ones that seem
the most valuable were created by LEGO Education: LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms.
Their effectiveness is built upon kids’ love for LEGO bricks, but they have various other
advantages. Equipped with sensors and motors, these sets can be controlled with kid-
friendly drag-and-drop visual programming software.
When talking about robotics, one should mention its other educational values. By operating
in the physical world, mechanics and robots teach physics. By building robots with bricks, or
other elements, kids amend their motor skills, which seem to be recently forgotten. By
selecting appropriate constructions, sensors, or themes, one can also learn biology,
chemistry, history, or art. Hence, robotics is a truly interdisciplinary field.

LEGO Mindstorms is a fun way to get kids interested in programming. Here are some
benefits of kids using LEGO Mindstorms EV3:
1. Robotics teaches essential teamwork skills.
The STEM skills that robotics teach are great for inspiring tomorrow’s engineers. Some of
the teamwork skills they learn through robotics are ones they will use for the rest of their life.
When kids work in groups on a project with a robot, they quickly see that technical skills,
such as coding, are essential. However, their robot won’t move if they don’t know how to
collaborate with others and communicate their ideas. Through robotics, kids learn how to
express themselves and listen and relate to others— honing valuable life skills.
STEM lessons are essential for kids as they prepare to enter the 21st-century workforce.
Through robotics, kids can learn more than just how to code. Kids can learn skills in
leadership, community involvement, communicating across various technology platforms,
finding their passions, teamwork, which will position them for achievement well beyond their
school years.
2. Robotics can be a launching pad for kids to realise their passions.
By going through the procedure of creating a robot, kids explore many different learning
pathways. It’s amazing to watch kids’ passions grow in subjects that they never knew they
would love. You can view these kids build their learning pathways because robotics gives
kids an open platform where kids can decide where to go with their experiments.
3. A strong robotics curriculum can create leaders.
When kids interact with robots and make them perform various motions and tasks, your kids’
different strengths will start to shine.
When assembling robots in teams, some kids are great at speaking and can verbally bring
ideas to life. On the flipside, some kids may not be as vocal, but they lead behind the
scenes: they code, perform technical tasks and makes sure the team stays on task. Through
the exercise of putting the robot together and making it move, these two types of kids—both
leaders in their own right—learn to communicate as a team and express their ideas to craft
the best result. The capability to come together as different types of leaders, communicate
with each other and utilise their strengths will be essential throughout these kids’ lives, no
matter if they become an artist, a business executive or an engineer.

The Life Skills Kids Learn at Summer Camp

A summer camp is a supervised program for kids or teenagers conducted while the summer months in some countries. Kids and adolescents who visit summer camp are known as campers. Summer school is regularly a required academic curriculum for a student to make up work not accomplished while the academic year, whereas summer camps can include academic work, but is not a necessity for graduation.

The classic view of a summer camp as a woody place with hiking, canoeing, and campfires is changing, with the greater agreement of newer types of summer camps that offer a wide variety of specialized activities. For example, there are camps for the performing arts, music, computer programming, language education, mathematics, kids with special needs, and weight loss. In 2006, the American Camp Association reported that 75 percent of camps added new programs. This is large to counter a trend in decreasing record in summer camps, which some argue to have been bringing in about by smaller family sizes and the growth in supplemental educational programs.

Parents want their kids to be over in everything, be it in academics or extracurricular activities. Although, what is not clear to most is that every kid is different and exhibits specific abilities that others lack; these abilities play a determining agent in her.

As a parent, it would be incorrect to hope that your kid will learn everything from school. It is true schools exists to educate kids and develop their intellect, but there are certain abilities which a kid can learn best at home. These skills are called life skills, which will help your kids, endure, and survive through most emergencies in life. Life skills education for kids by parents is also essential. Life skills for kids have to be learned and improved over the times.

Ten Best Life Skills For Kids:

Here is a list of life skills for kids, which are relevant in most countries, e.g., snow shoveling is a very important skill for countries experiencing winter for maximum part of the year. A kid can also learn necessary skills depending on the culture his/her family follows. We have compiled these skills for you that will help you understand the importance of life skills for kids which are very useful and universally acknowledged for kids to learn:

1. Cooking: Both girls and boys take pleasure cooking. As a parent, you can request your kid to help you in the kitchen from a young age. More and more you will notice that she enjoys the process and cooking will become easy for her. This is regularly a good thing, as it will instil healthy and polite dining manners. Additionally, this may guarantee that your kid can cook a meal for herself when you are not with him/her.

2. Desert Survival Skills: You can take your kids to desert survival camps. Camps like this will give a lesson your kids’ skills such as how to build a refuge, cook above a campfire, move safely over hard terrain, etc. These skills will help kids build self-reliance and independence, at the same time experiencing fun adventures.

3. Home Garden Basics: This is a life skill that teaches children to respect and cherish nature, and also become self-sufficient if needed. Consider using your backyard garden for this purpose. Your kids can learn fundamental skills about how weather affects plants; how seeds sprout, how gardeners cope with plant problems, etc. You can name a tree after your kid, and watch them grow collectively.

4. First Aid Skills: Kids hurt themselves quite frequently while playing so this can be a high priority life skill practice for them. They can learn how to save themselves and others from accidents and emergencies.

5. Swimming: You can teach this necessary life skill while a fun water activity. Your kids need to learn how to swim even if they do not live close to water. This is one ability that may not only save the one who knows it but also others.

6. Money Management Skills: This is one of the most significant life skills that you can teach your kids. Teach them the value of money and how to save money to use it in future. Guide them in calculating on how much money they need to spend and how much to save.

7. Laundry: This is a skill which all kids should learn at an early stage. Washing their clothes will be helpful for your kids when they go to college or school. Your kids won’t only learn how to take care of their clothes, but they might also enjoy the activity.

8. Household Repairs: If you have noticed, kids are always eager to know what is inside a TV, fridge, washing machine, mobile, etc. Motivate them to learn something extra from their inquisitiveness. You can teach him/her to change a light bulb, how to unclog a toilet or turn off the gas. But don’t forget to guide them about the safety measures they need to keep in mind while handling electronic goods.

The Advantages of Starting Computer Programming Young

Think your kids are too young to learn to code? Think again.

Coding (also called programming or developing) is telling a computer, app, phone or website what you want it to do. Some teachers and experts are calling it the ‘new literacy’—a subject so critical that every child wants to know the basics to excel in our quickly changing world.

Coding is to digital literacy what practicals are for science. In biology we have students act frog dissections, and in chemistry we make them construct erupting volcanoes; not because we need them all to become brain surgeons or build the new Etna in their backyard, but because it helps form a profound knowledge of the anatomy of organisms or the workings of chemical mixtures. Similarly, coding is a way to get below the surface level of the computer screen and form a more in-depth knowledge of how the technology works. Digital literacy is the goal; coding is the means. It just so happens that coding is the most convenient, useful, and powerful means.

Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions.In today’s digital world, coding is a necessary skill alongside math and reading, but too few kids have the chance to learn to program because it is rarely taught in school.

Our mission is to create a fun and engaging platform where children not only learn to program but also have opportunities to be creative using code.

Why is this subject currently receiving so much attention and why is it so critical for kids to learn how to code?

1. Learning To Code Develops Problem Solving And Computational Thinking Skills

The skills that come with computer programming improve kids develop new methods of thinking and foster problem-solving techniques that can have significant repercussions in other areas.Computational thinking allows preschoolers to grasp concepts like algorithms, recursion and heuristics—even if they don’t understand the terms, they’ll learn the basic concepts (and for parents who don’t understand these terms.

2. Coding Encourages Creativity In programming, as in life, there is more than one way to solve a problem. Once your child learns the basic concepts, they will realize they are limited only by their imaginations. They can find their solutions, and they can examine someone else’s code and add their tweaks to it to make it better.

In fact, many programs we use today were created as improvements and variations upon older versions. Because of this, coding can be a highly engaging and fun activity. Many platforms designed for teaching code to kids start them off by playing games where basic commands are introduced. Additional challenges are then added by making more complicated controls and mixing them to increase functionality. When kids are done, they will have a developed version of their own game or app.

3. Coding Is Fun

Beyond the practical reasons for getting how to code, there’s the fact that creating a game or animation can be enjoyable for kids.Primarily if you do away with the regular classroom setting and begin coding in the form of a game.They can create projects that do amazing things.

4. Computational Thinking

“Coding is not just about creating software. It’s about computational thinking. Thinking computationally is an advantage to our logic and philosophy skills as well as more popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) oriented concerns. There is a direct link between the computing needed to code and the computing necessary in a child’s science and math classes.

5. Sequential Thinking

Reading knowledge and computer science may not seem related to the cover, especially when you are battling your little ones to put down the tablet and get their nose in a book. But the sequential thinking involved in coding can provide corrected reading comprehension.

The ability to order events in a text relates to the skill of the chronological sequencing needed in writing code. So you can relax assured that even if your little one doesn’t grow up to be a computer programmer, exposing them to coding is still benefiting their overall development.

6. Kids Learn to Use Logic 

Logical thinking is required for coding. It consists of formulating the step by step procedures to produce the desired outcome. It involves using expressions, selection, iteration, conditional and other logical statements and sentences.

7.Kids Study Algorithmic Thinking 

Algorithmic thinking is the ability to define precise steps to solve a problem or answering a task. It requires computational concepts alike repetition, sequencing, and conditional logic. Kids use algorithm all the time, without even knowing it, mainly with math (like solving long division problems) and science. Algorithmic thinking enables kids to break down problems and think of solutions as the step-by-step procedure.

8.Coding Prepares Kids for Skills that are Necessary for the Future 

The continuing pervasiveness and importance of technology in our lives would need a lot of workers with coding skills. It is expected that writing programs will proceed to pay well into the future. Even many non-programming jobs that want the use of computers would require a bit of coding knowledge. Also, when learning to code, kids also learn other critical future skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

9. Coding can Make your Child Discover his Lifetime Passion, and can be Useful for him to Choose his Future Career

Computer programming can be one the active growing and the most exciting job in the next few decades, with the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, and robotics. Kids exposed to coding can develop the love or even the passion for it, and feel that it is what he wants to do in future.

What is the best age to start coding?

Many good programmers claim that they begin coding by age 5 or 6. But the most excellent answer is when the child starts to show excitement and interest in it, like when a gamer child imagines that he can develop his own game, or when he believes he can create a program that will be helpful or will entertain his friends.

At 7 or 8, most kids have enough developed logical and essential thinking skills needed for coding.

Kids as young as ten can produce programs that achieve professional quality.

How Help Your Kid Succeed When They’re the New Kids

Every parent wants to raise their kids in a way that prepares them to live fulfilled, happy, productive lives. Then life’s reality hits. Many people get a little lazy and lax on some of the rules, and guidance kids need.

There are qualities and skills that are equally or sometimes more than grades to determine success. Determination, problem solving and communication abilities are skills and values that are essential to success in the workforce and everyday life. And parents can prepare children by providing a variety of experiences outside the school environment.

Try New Experiences

Providing kids with a variety of opportunities to try new activities, such as swimming, camping, traveling, can help children develop a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things. Kids will also learn new skills and develop flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness.

Accept Who They Are

Children are more likely to succeed if they do what they are passionate about, as they are more likely to devote their time, energy, enthusiasm and hard work into it. Encourage children to pursue their interests, talents, and passion, and find ways to nurture who they are.

Positive Role Model

Role models are often very influential. We learn so much from people we respect and are much more powerful than any books, lectures or reasoning can provide. Whether it is families, friends, teachers, historical figures or celebrities, children learn from observing the different role models. So it is essential to be and to have positive role models for our children at all times.

Opportunities To Socialize

Socializing and learning to interact effectively with others is very beneficial in all areas of life. It teaches children about negotiation and communication skills. Moreover, it encourages children to learn ways to make friends, to give of themselves and build relationships. It is an excellent way to learn information about generosity, humanity, kindness, reciprocity and so much more.

Opportunities To Make Own Choices

Give children opportunities to make choices starting at early age, and to learn from the consequences of the choices they make. When mistakes are made, avoid solving the problem for them. Instead, help them to take steps to find solutions, accept responsibilities and take necessary actions. These opportunities allow children to learn about humility, problem-solving abilities, and turning a negative experience into positive and constructive experiences.

Move To The best Neighborhood You Can Bear

The greatest move parents can make for their kids is in a neighborhood with excellent schools, extraordinary career opportunities and the opportunity to grow up with peers who value education, hard work and success. You don’t have to be rich to make this happen. Although uncertain, research has found moving to a better neighborhood is a better investment than tutoring and extracurricular activities like piano lessons.

Make Them Do Chores

Whether it was mowing the grass, taking out the trash, washing dishes, walking the dog or folding laundry, when I was growing up my parents were always assigning me chores. I hated it, but thankfully, they didn’t ease up. It informed me the value of hard work and collaborating to get things done  — one of us kids washed the dishes, another dried. Most importantly, it taught me responsibility. During a TED Talks Live Event, Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of “How to Raise a Grown-up,” said “If kids aren’t doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them. And so they’re excused from not only the work but of studying that work must be done and that each one of us needs contribute to the betterment of the whole,” she said.

Set Big Expectations

Professors from the University of California, Los Angeles found that parent’s expectations predict their child’s success in school. “The high shock was what a big role parents’ long-term goals for their kids played in predicting their math and reading skills,” said Neal Halfon, M.D., M.P.H., the study’s older author and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities. “Parents who saw college in their kid’s future seemed to manage their kid toward that goal irrespective of their income and other assets,” he said.

Appreciate Them Correctly

If you haven’t explored the impressive work regarding mindset from Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, then we recommend that you quickly do so. According to Dweck, a fixed mindset believes that talent and ability are natural and can not be changed — you’re only as good at something as you were born to be. A growth mindset, however, believes that talents can be increased over time and abilities learned with sufficient effort. This idea applies to how to appreciate your kids. When they earn a big score on a science test or win a soccer award, praise them for their hard work and effort instead of telling them they are smart or talented. Although we mean to compliment our kids, praising them for innate qualities encourages a fixed mindset that can undermine their confidence when they try and don’t succeed at first. Praising kids for effort encourages a growth mindset. We want our kids confident in their ability to learn and solve problems.

Ultimately, we want our kids to do well and succeed in life. By providing rich and engaging experiences, they can develop valuable life skills and habits that will last a lifetime. Allow children to see the world of possibilities by providing them with plenty of everyday learning opportunities. Help kids see the power of a positive attitude, determination, and persistence through positive role modeling. Combined with family’s full support, love, and encouragement, we can help our kids to reach their full potential and be a successful contributing member of our society.

 

Advantages of Soccer Camps for Kids

Everyone knows that summer camp can be excellent for school-age kids and their families. Camp gives kids the opportunity to make friends, learn new abilities, have adventures, and get some exercise. It cuts down on screen time by getting them outside and encouraging active play. It also helps working parents who need childcare during the summer months.

The camp is also an excellent chance to introduce your child to a whole new group of friends. Young kids sometimes have limited peer group exposure—their social circle may only include a handful of friends from daycare, a playgroup or their neighborhood. Summer camp allows kids to practice making friends and interact with kids from diverse backgrounds. It also gives kids the freedom to make friends independently, instead of just making friends based on convenience or proximity.

There are many ideal camps throughout the United States to serve the needs and desires of you and your kids when seeking out the best camp. If your child wants to attend a sports camp or a gender-specific camp, there are many options available throughout the country.

Choosing the right summer camp is a personal family choice and that the best camp for your friends or neighbors may not be the best camp choice for your children. If you have more than one child to send to a camp, it is not unusual for parents to send their kids to different camps.

If your kids can’t get enough of the World Cup and love passing, punting and shooting, then soccer camps for kids might be the summer activity you were looking for. From honing in on skills to competing against friends, soccer camps provide an excellent way for kids to spend their summertime.

Soccer camps suggest your kid the opportunity to hone his or her soccer playing skills. You can choose from soccer clinics of a few days to immersive overnight and day camps lasting several weeks. Listings below cover everything from professional soccer schools to kids’ camps where soccer is one of many activities.

Kid soccer camps fall into one of several categories:

Professionally run soccer academies that focus on skills development and may be run by professional or semi-professional coaches and trainers. Many of these organizations will run camps of varying lengths, offering sessions throughout the summer. You can book one week at a time or, if your son or daughter wants intensive soccer training, there may be two weeks or extended sessions. Any regional, university, college, or even professional team may offer a soccer academy. They may also use these to scout local talent.

Overnight soccer camps that allow girls and boys to be immersed in the sport, meet kids from other parts of the world and focus on and hone skills.

Girls soccer camps allow young women to work exclusively with other girls, without the distraction or any competitive issues related to boys. There are girls’ soccer camps in every major city in Canada. And there are more of these being developed all the time, as girls’ soccer has taken off in the past few years in this country.

Summer camps that offer multiple sports activities in addition to soccer, such as tennis, basketball, and baseball. These offer your child a versatile sports immersion experience.

Soccer clinics or summer soccer programs run by local coaches (perhaps high school or minor soccer coaches). These offer girls and boys the chance for intensive skills development and are an excellent way to build skills or to refocus your game.

If you search the best soccer camps, you should look at residential camps that allow your kid a full immersion in the sport, or soccer clinics that are run professionally, as noted above. The best camp for your child is a very relative idea. For example, for girls, a girls-only soccer camp has many benefits. If you live in a big city, you will have lots of options. For kids from smaller towns throughout the province, getting into a highly competitive summer soccer camp like those listed most prominently above is an ideal way to test your mettle against skilled players your age.

Camps have many benefits beyond just soccer players, of course. Kids improve fitness and meet new friends who share their love of this sport. There are often varied social activities beyond just sports, and kids learn valuable lessons in cooperation and teamwork, lessons that apply far beyond the soccer pitch.

What does STEM stand for?

What is STEM? – STEM is a real-world focus. STEM is hands-on learning that uses to the world around us. STEM increases and teaches creativity, problem-solving, life skills, intelligence, resourcefulness, patience, curiosity. The STEM is what shapes the future as our world grows and improves. STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of teaching students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than explain the four controls as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. The STEM is everywhere and in everything we do and how we live. From the natural world around us to the tablets in our hands that show us the world far, far away. STEM makes inventors!

What Does STEM Mean?

Let’s start with a significant question: Exactly what does STEM mean? It’s a term many are familiar with but don’t necessarily understand. STEM is a standard abbreviation for four closely connected areas of study: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The fields are often associated due to the similarities that they share both in theory and practice.

There’s been a significant push in recent years to fill STEM jobs in the U.S. According to the National Science Foundation, a failure to stay competitive in these areas could threaten the economic stability of the country on a global level. President Obama emphasized the importance of the STEM field in his 2015 State of the Union address. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that job growth is expected to increase 13 percent by 2022, a rate which is faster than the average growth of non-STEM fields.

Hands-on Learning

Hands-on learning allows students to directly take on board and understand what is happening, or how to do something. Hands-on learning is a particularly successful way to teach kinaesthetic learners, who learn best by example.

Subjects such as Design and Technology (D&T) incorporate many aspects of hands-on learning and give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of designing and making functional products.

D&T is often a misunderstood and misrepresented subject. For many people, including employers and parents, it is still perceived as the subject they probably studied when they were at school, i.e. woodwork or metalwork. But it is vital that pupils develop an understanding of aesthetics and its role in the design of everyday items and architecture, as well as developing communication skills through designing and group work.

 

Why Choose STEM Career?

Examine that no business function has developed faster than IT – we’ve gone from mainframes to PCs to smartphones and tablets in less than 30 years. And in the last ten years, IT has advanced rapidly from a PC to post-PC era with every layer of the compute stack shattered with choices. IT is at the center of this exciting technology transformation, and it is a fascinating place to work as more new technologies are introduced.

Beyond the technology advances, here are a few more reasons why choosing a STEM career has so much appeal:

Challenge – With the fast pace of change, you will be challenged on a daily basis to think critically and be creative to drive business value.

Satisfaction – Many professionals in these fields have fun and feel fulfilled because they can engage in hands-on tasks and work on developing business solutions (which are now apps) that drive their companies to be more efficient and effective.

Impact – Creating or developing products, devices and applications can make a huge difference to not only your business but to your employees, customers, and partners.

Demand – Because of advancements in technology and how pervasive it is, no longer are there merely “IT projects.” Instead, there are business chances spanning HR to Finance to Engineering that all include technology. There is a high demand for technologists who can manage these opportunities.

Should Your Child Join a Robotics Team?

From coding to stop-motion animation videos to sewing, the maker movement is becoming more and more favorite with kids and adults.

Maker culture is a movement that embraces do-it-yourself tinkering with automatics and physical objects—it focuses on learning and trying out increased practical skills, building a community of resources and experimenting.

Robotics and electronics are two symbols of the maker movement (electronics explores using electronic circuits, while robotics combines lines, action and sometimes software to create a machine or robot). Projects can be as easy as a making a light blink, or as involved as making an entire robot.

As students prepare to head back to school this fall, the trouble is on for parents and teachers to find activities that keep kids interested and productive. One trend that’s picking up steam is robotics.

Robotics contests are a great way not only to keep kids interested in classes end but to provide valuable learning above and beyond what they can get in a standard classroom setting. One of the most significant benefits is that kids get set up to find professional achievement, but they have a lot of fun while doing it.

A robotics team can start as early as age 6-10, with a lego-based league that is a more moderate introduction to robotics principles. By high school, the teams are still enjoyable, plus hard work and more oriented toward coding and technology.
At any age, kids who join in a robotics program can gain a mixture of skills from experience: in addition to analytical thinking, math, and coding, they will necessarily experience trial and error; problem-solving, managing time, resolving conflict, working with a team. These are the kind of life skills that kids can only get by doing.

Four reasons your child should join a robotics team:

1. They’ll learn to be imaginative and solve problems.
Students must navigate limitations, including limited time and sources to meet deadlines and challenging demands, but they won’t let that stop them. You’ll be surprised to see how each team comes prepared with a various solution to the same problem — including the innovative ideas teams design and build their robots.

2. They master teamwork and collaboration

Just like any other team sport, friendship is developed in robotics, too. Students work together to resolve problems and meet goals. Plus, there’s a role for everyone: Team duties range from engineering and coding to fundraising and marketing. By working with others and combining ideas born from teammates’ diverse backgrounds and schools of thought, students understand the true meaning of collaboration.

3. They lay the groundwork for their future career:

There’s a shortage of skilled STEM workers in the U.S.: In 2016, 13 STEM jobs were posted for each jobless worker, a difference of nearly 3 million free positions. No matter which STEM field students aspire to, there’s a chance to hone their skills through robotics. Even if a STEM-focused career isn’t where they envision themselves, kids can get important fundraising, marketing and event experience. Most importantly, robotics inspires a lifetime love of learning that is significant to success in an ever-changing workforce.

Robotics gives kids with the technical and interpersonal skills they’ll need to change the future economy and become well-rounded adults, and it’s never too early to get involved. With high-quality training, mentorship and opportunities, any kid can find a future in STEM.
4. They’ll make friends for life:

Robotics is an excellent way for kids to meet new friends, whether they’re teammates or competitors. Some competitions are worldwide and attract students from upwards of 30 countries, making them high chances to expand your students’ worldview.

Advantages of a robotics team:
The benefits of forming a robotics team are endless. Here is a list of the top reasons why it is advantageous to start or continue to develop a robotics team.

CREATIVITY
Students have to work together to brainstorm ideas on how they will develop a robot to perform all the mechanisms needed for the contest. Also, teams can design buttons, t-shirts, banners, team webpage, flags, etc.

ENGINEERING
Students compose using CAD the robot and then build it using many materials and learning how to use tools. This is a hands-on experience like no other one and you lastly see how things learned in class can be practised in real life.

LEADERSHIP
Students vote to choose the leaders of every activity every school year. This is the first practice of being in charge of other people and what it takes to become a great leader.Every member of the team experiences it since we mentor elementary and middle school in their competitions, plus our summer camps and our camp at the regional library.

TEAMWORK
Students must learn to act together to become a team. A robotics team requires that we work together, all the activities and help each other all the time.

STRATEGY
Before we start building our robot, the team needs to read and understand the whole guidebook. Then the entire group brainstorm possible solutions and on which mechanisms we need to work on to build and reach the goals required for the contest.

PROGRAMMING
Students gain practice in a highly used field that is in the high request in today’s world. The software used in the robots varies with every competition, and most competitions have more than one programming language possible for students to use.

Increased Confidence

Students may initially direct away from after-school robotics clubs because they think they don’t have a natural skill for it. Joining in after-school programs will show just the opposite. Taking up essential roles within their robot building group will give individual students a select target and boost their confidence.

Robotics is a field that gives every participant with a real opportunity to make it in the big leagues. Not only does being part of a competition team provide students with critical real-world skills, but competitions are also a great place to make industry contacts, and they can also be an excellent way for students to earn scholarships.