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STEM

Understanding science and math is a gateway to understanding the world.

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Your child might be experimenting with more complex projects, like robotics, computer programming or scientific research. As they grow their skills and deepen their own curiosity, they gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

This is an important time for your child to dive deeper into STEM, challenging them to think critically and solve problems creatively. Whether they're conducting their own experiments, coding their first app or engineering solutions for community issues, each experience builds knowledge and confidence in their abilities.

Encourage your child’s curiosity about STEM — support their projects and celebrate their successes (and failures) as an important step in the learning process. Their journey through STEM isn’t just about acquiring knowledge but developing a mindset geared toward exploration and discovery.

  • Innovators in Action

    Your child might wonder about the earth’s climate, the intricacies of artificial intelligence or the mathematical patterns in nature. They're becoming ready to apply the scientific method to real- world issues – proposing theories, conducting their own research and then presenting their findings.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program offer more advanced STEM projects that align with real-world problems? Look for opportunities that encourage kids to engage in research, collaborative projects and innovative thinking.

  • Engineering Our World

    At this age, kids can begin to understand the impact that engineering has on our society. They might be interested in the design and building processes, whether it applies to robotics, architecture or city planning.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there opportunities for kids to tackle engineering challenges? Look for hands-on projects that require problem solving, teamwork and creativity, encouraging them to think like engineers and design solutions that could change the world.

  • Mathematics — The Universal Language

    Math at this stage becomes more abstract and complex, but also more fascinating. Your child might be interested in exploring geometry, algebra or statistics, seeing math as the language that describes the world around us.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program offer math activities that go beyond textbook exercises? Look for engaging, problem-based learning experiences that connect mathematical concepts to real-life situations.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Build a Simple Circuit

    Introduce your child to the basics of electricity by building a simple circuit. Use a battery, wires, a small light bulb (or an LED) and a switch to construct a basic circuit that turns the light on and off. This activity can lead to discussions about electrical engineering, the flow of electricity and the function of circuits in everyday devices. While not required, inexpensive kits for this type of activity can often be found online!

  • DIY Water Filtration

    Challenge your child to design and build a simple water filtration system using household materials like plastic bottles, cotton balls, sand, gravel and activated charcoal. Test the system by filtering dirty water and watching the purification process. This project encourages critical thinking about real-world issues and using scientific principles to solve problems.

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