It’s that time of year again…Many families are already shopping for supplies, stocking up on snacks and planning schedules for Back-To-School, while the rest prefer to remain happily in denial and just enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts!
That being said, the reality is that in a few short weeks, the kids will be back in school and our lives will be back into some form of routine. For many families, this includes a selection of organized after-school or weekend activities.
Just before summer, I shared that the new Inventor STEM School had opened up in the West Island and that they would be offering a Summer Camp program. I also mentioned that for those who were already set for Camp this summer, you should keep this one on the list when Back-To-School season hit. Consider this a reminder 😉
It’s always fun to have new and different options for after-school activities. Sports are fantastic, but not all kids love sports. The same goes for dance and music. STEM is something that resonates with a lot of kids and we also know that STEM learning helps to develop critical thinking skills.
As noted by Tamsin Hart of the Cambridge University Press, ‘Critical thinking is at the heart of scientific inquiry. A good scientist is one who never stops asking why things happen, or how things happen…Critical thinking can be developed through focussed learning activities. Students not only need to receive information but also benefit from being encouraged to think about and attach the information to their existing understanding. Inquiry does this effectively.’
Furthermore, critical thinking skills are believed to be one of the Top 10 Job Skills of the Future .
I myself have spoken publicly about the fact that we really don’t know what professions and occupations will exist by the time our kids hit the job market. I believe that critical thinking and analytical skills are key, transferrable skills that will be needed by the next generation in all professions. If your child will love STEM after-school classes, not only will they be enjoying a great after-school program, but they will be developing skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime.
Perhaps the idea is best encapsulated in a quote by American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator Neil De Grasse Tyson:
Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think
Concerned about COVID-19 safety? You’re not alone. Click here to see the schools COVID-19 measures.
Want to learn more? Click here to check out the various programs that are offered from kids ages 3 -16. It’s worth noting that there are multiple program and sibling discounts 😉
Whether we like it or not, Back-To-School is upon us. If Inventor STEM School sounds like a good fit for your young inventor, I suggest looking into it right away as places are limited due to COVID-19.
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