The areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are rapidly growing fields and are projected to bring many of the jobs of tomorrow. Introducing these subjects early in childhood can help facilitate a comfort and interest early in life.
St. Louis Community College faculty members Rihab Sawah and Anthony Clark are authors of the new book “What’s Your STEM.” They saw the opportunity to bring their knowledge to families in their new book.
“STEM is more than a buzzword in education,” said Clark, associate professor and acting chair of the Business & Economics department at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “We actually believe it’s a pathway to the future for all societies. As we explain in the book, the fastest-growing careers these days are in STEM fields.”
The book, which features activities related to physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, geometry, algebra, statistics and basic mathematics, is a way for parents and their kids to explore these subjects together through different activities. The book also includes resource guides for things such as science kits, science apps, STEM summer camps, science magazines and science museums.
“The activities in the book draw on everyday life such that kids can learn to see science come to life all around them,” said Sawah, professor of physics.
“I love to teach interactively and to help others learn through investigation. There’s nothing that’s more exhilarating than watching students discover new concepts about the world around them.”
Although Clark and Sawah are accustomed to working with college-aged students, both have experience teaching younger students through various organizations such as cub scouts and Junior Achievement.
“What’s Your STEM” is published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. It is available on bookstore shelves, as well as online retailers.