Those who know me know that I’m a bit geeky. But most don’t know that I fell in love with engineering as a tween. I was already into computers, but when a summer camp through AT&T introduced me to engineering and circuits, I was smitten. My kids may or may not feel the same passion, but I want to do all that I can to let them know what engineering is all about.
Since this is a passion of mine, and since I’ve seen some of the amazing things kids can do with the proper tools and support, I am thrilled to be joining Kim Moldofsky (founder of #STEMchat), Beth Blecherman, and Amy Kraft for #STEMchat this week. The focus is on engaging tweens in engineering pursuits. Don’t let this sound intimidating. Engineering comes naturally for most kids, as they have an innate curiosity and a lack of fear. As a parent, there are a lot of ways you can facilitate their learning without being an expert yourself and there are plenty of resources available to help you out.
What: A #STEMchat focused on Tweens and Engineering
When: Tuesday, November 13, and 9pm Eastern (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific)
Speaking of resources, the sponsor of the chat is Design Squad Nation, a PBS Kids TV show and accompanying website. The site is full of games, activities, videos, and more that engage kids in math, science, and engineering activities that are fun and cool. It’s a great place to go if you’re just starting out and need some ideas for projects to do with your kids. And it’s a neat spot for kids who are already interested in engineering to hang out. Follow Design Squad Nation on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.