Instead of buying your Father or Husband the tie, bottle of cologne, polo shirt, etc. consider purchasing one or more of the following books listed in this article that promote parental environment in conducting STEM and science experiments with children. The Maker Movement has been in full-swing for quite some time now, and schools have been actively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practices and content within their early childhood through high school level classrooms for years. The following books promote providing learning environments and experiences within formal and informal learning environments that promote active engagement of the child in exploring STEM and science practices and content. The majority of the investigations in all the books listed require simple materials, and are low-cost. Most of all they will cultivate and strengthen the child’s creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills as they explore STEM and science content with their parents, siblings, and peers. Consider transforming a section of your home, classroom, or library into a “Maker Space” by having materials, supplies, and tools that encourage exploration. The following books are great selections to get your family, school, and organization into the Maker Movement. Let’s add some tinkering to this Father’s Day.
Einstein once said “imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Creativity is one of the 4C’s developed and strengthened in science, technology, engineering, and art (STEM) practices, along with critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Artist Janet Echelman describes her journey as an artist, and the importance of imagination and creativity in creating art during this excellent and thought provoking TED Talk. Many STEM programs have incorporated the arts into their STEM programs becoming known as STEAM. One of the justifications of adding the “a” to STEM programs is that artist like engineers use the design process. For information about the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) teacher training workshops I offer worldwide send me a message via the contact page or check out my STEM and Science teacher training website here.