STEM is a growing area of study in the U.S. According to the Economics and Statistics Administration, careers in these areas are expected to grow significantly in the future. The nation’s economy is moving toward technologically based industries, creating growth in demand for workers proficient in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. When our children grow up, they will likely enter a workforce that offers more opportunities in these fields than ever before.
While there has certainly been a push for STEM education in high schools and colleges, many professionals argue that the earlier educators introduce these concepts to children, the more successful they will be in those subjects. Research has demonstrated that the drive to explore, interact, and observe in human beings begins in early childhood, long before middle and high school, and even before elementary school.
The following are the benefits of introducing STEM subjects in early childhood education: