STEM Parents

ThinkTV STEM World is designed to spark kids’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities that promote knowledge and discovery. Our programs—include TV shows, website and educational outreach—are all about hands-on science inquiry. Participants learn the scientific process, work collaboratively to investigate meaningful questions and see how STEM helps people solve problems, achieve goals and help others.

How can you help?

Supporting kids in basic ways offers a great foundation for their science success.

Encourage Questions

Encourage kids natural curiosity about the world. Scientists are professional question askers. Let kids know that it's perfectly acceptable to not have all the answers, and encourage them to explore and discover!

STEM-friendly Home

Science happens everywhere. Gardening, auto mechanics, construction, cooking and plumbing all use STEM skills. Encourage safe experimentation and discovery in the kitchen and backyard, where they can practice predicting, measuring, observing and analyzing. Offer basic supplies, Internet access, a library card and a space where they can get a little messy.

Provide School Smarts

With the growing importance of science and technological literacy, it is important to strengthen kids engagement, interest and confidence through middle school. Once in high school, kids will make choices that will either open or close doors to continued STEM studies and eventual careers in the field. Help them make educational choices and see the connections between science and math classes and future career options. Start early!

Help Kids Access Opportunities

Great science learning happens outside the classroom as well. In addition to programs included in ThinkTV STEM WORLD , learning opportunities for kids can be found at science museums, zoos, scouting organizations and STEM clubs during afterschool hours, weekends and summer breaks. These programs often provide kids with introductions to working female mentors, who can help girls navigate the course of becoming a scientist.

Provide School Smarts

With the growing importance of science and technological literacy, it is important to strengthen kids engagement, interest and confidence through middle school. Once in high school, kids will make choices that will either open or close doors to continued STEM studies and eventual careers in the field. Help them make educational choices and see the connections between science and math classes and future career options. Start early!

Talk the Talk

Talk to kids in your life about math and science. Ask them about what they are learning in school. Encourage them to share their struggles and their successes!

Why STEM?

Science has a lot to offer young people: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, are important fields for the future. Jobs in these areas offer higher than average salaries, and employment in science and engineering occupations are expected to increase much faster than the overall growth rate for occupations. In other words, STEM is where the good jobs are!

Life Skills

At the most basic level, scientists and engineers attempt to find out how things work. The scientific process and engineering design process offer a framework for understanding important ideas, big and small. In addition, while using the scientific process, young people learn how to plan, cooperate, communicate, problem solve, and apply their creativity.

Science Literacy

In today's fast-moving, tech-driven, global economy, it's important for everyone to have basic scientific knowledge that serves as a foundation for a lifetime of learning and informed decision making. Even if they choose to go into another field, a background in STEM will serve them well in the future.

Springboard for Opportunities

New technologies are being invented everyday; it’s impossible to anticipate what inventions may drive our culture in the next five or ten years. A background rich in science and mathematics makes for flexible, logical minds, and increases the capacity for youth to continue learning.

Fun Times!

Science isn’t just serious business. While pursuing interests in STEM, kids can try new things, meet engaging people and go interesting places.

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PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
Can be the single most important influence in a kids educational future!