31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 9: STEM Programs Over the Summer

In an effort to better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, many schools have added classes and activities to strengthen their focus on STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. What’s great about this, other than getting kids ready for the real world, is that it feeds into kids’ natural curiosity. STEM activities are a perfect path for nurturing a child’s interest in the world around them.

So where should you go to help your kids keep up their STEM skills over the summer? Here are a few that we suggest:

– Your school: Lots of K-12 schools offer summer camps that focus on STEM skills. You might also try your local university’s summer programs.

– Libraries: Our branch is offering classes on science experiments (led by an actual scientist!) and on building towers out of spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. You’ll be surprised at all your local library has to offer.

– Museums, zoos, arboretums: Check out their list of summer camps, classes, and drop-in programs. These are a great way to get hands-on experiences not found elsewhere: dinosaur bones, robotics, animal encounters, bird watching, and so on.

– Websites: PBS Kids has a great section on STEM activities, and so does one of our favorite science sites, Tinkerlab.

Happy experimenting!

#schoolasummer #exploresummer

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