Keep up the music and art lessons for your young child. In a recent study conducted by Michigan State University, a team of multidisciplinary researchers studied a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The researchers found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children the general public. The STEM graduates also reported higher-than-average involvement in the visual arts, acting, dance and creative writing. Why? Involvement in the arts fosters out-of-the box-thinking, the researchers said in fact, the group reported using artistic skills such as analogies, playing, intuition and imagination to solve complex problems. To read more about the research conducted by Parker, Roraback, and LaMore check out the article in MSU Today here.
Debbie Sterling, Stanford Engineer, and owner of GoldieBlox, an educational toy company producing toys that promote engineering and tinkering in girls ages 4-9. With the emphasis on promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in all K-12 classrooms, toys produced by GoldieBlox could not have come at a better time. Check out the latest video with a Rube Goldberg type flare produced by GoldieBlox to promote its engineering-based toys. Parents seeking toys that will provide an opportunity for their children to be introduced to engineering principles may want to take a look at what GoldieBlox has to offer. I plan on incorporating GoldieBlox toys during my STEM teacher training sessions, especially the early childhood through primary level sessions.
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