STEM

Winter STEM Fun

STEM activities can be fun any time, but some are particularly suited to cold weather. Here are six places to find ideas for winter STEM activities, indoors and out: 10 Winter Science Activities! 10 Winter STEM Activities for Kids 21 Winter Science Experiments for Kids Must Try Winter STEM Activities Winter Science Activities for Preschoolers… Read more

Science Fun at Home

Looking for something to do during Spring Break? For times that you’re indoors, the following books have good ideas for fun science projects. Email library@decoda.ca to borrow any of these titles. To see more books with STEAM activities for kids, click here.

STEM in the Early Years

How do you find good science resources to use with young children? To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High Quality STEM Resources sets out a tool that teachers can use to evaluate STEM activities. The questions in the tool focus on children’s active engagement with opportunities to ask questions, define problems,… Read more

Exploring STEM through Play

Looking for STEM activities for young children? There’s help available in the Decoda Library. Here’s a sample of what you can borrow: To borrow these titles or get more suggestions (there’s lots more available!), email library@decoda.ca. This library service is available to all adults in BC.

STEAM Fun

During Spring Break, there might be time to have fun with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activity or two. Here are six places to browse for some ideas: 37 Classic Science Experiments for Kids from Red Tricycle Elementary Activities from Tinkerlab Hour of Code Activities learnXdesign Online Science Resources from Science World… Read more

Let’s Make It! with STEAM

Looking for inspiration on things to make as a family? Sometimes a little browsing together through a book of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects will spark an idea. And, the projects aren’t just for older children. Here are some of the things you can find: 25 cardboard engineering projects for makers in… Read more

STEM Learning Environments

During the summer, there is a lot of out-of-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning happening. Yet many people don’t recognize libraries, museums, daycare, summer camps, gardens and homes as STEM learning environments. Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments makes the case for high quality… Read more

Coding in Early Childhood

As the STEM Starts Early report indicated, children are born scientists.  With adult support they can develop their natural science, technology, engineering and math capacities from an early age. But, adults may not feel confident in supporting children’s STEM learning. But, as 4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning tells us: The good… Read more

STEM for All Video Showcase

For those of you interested in STEM or STEAM, the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase is an opportunity to see short videos of more than 200 American STEM projects.  There are lots of ideas for all ages. The showcase is interactive between  May 14th and 21st.

The Roots of STEM Success

Even before a child’s first birthday, she is capable of making inferences, drawing conclusions about cause and effect, and reasoning about the probability of events. These roots, which lay the groundwork for later abstract reasoning, must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills. (The… Read more