Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: STEM. That’s what the education buzz is about these days. Your kids love their screen time. Why not direct them to programs, games and sites that will teach them important educational skills while they have a great time?
Here are some of the best games and websites for interacting with science, technology and mathematics skills.
Sesame Street: Yes, the favorite of preschoolers for generations, has updated their programming to include more than the alphabet. Now you’ll find problem-solving, nature and environmental issues as well as science and engineering segments. PBSkids.org/Sesame
Peg + Cat: This animated math-based site is found at pbs.org/peg. The songs, activities and interactive games make learning math skills a ton of fun.
The Odd Squad: Another offering from PBS Kids, this show follows two young agents, Olive and Otto, as they save the day using math skills. Each 12-minute episode is full of great math insights for kids. PSBkids.org/Odd Squad
Ask Dr. Universe: Join Dr. Wendy Sue Universe of Washington State University on her site found at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get the latest answers, activities and videos related to hot science questions.
Planet Smarty Pants: Written by an enthusiastic mom and filled with hundreds of activities exploring science, engineering and art, this blog also offers great literature supporting STEM projects as well as the everyday activities she and her daughter do at home. Planetysmarty.com
Design Squad: In this reality-based show from PBS Kids, teens aged 15 to 19 tackle real-life design problems. They design machines to solve problems and compete to win college scholarship money. PBSkids.org/Design Squad/
Cyberchase: Jackie, Matt and Inez are earthlings who have been pulled into a digital universe. In this PBS Kids series, they work together to keep their motherboard safe from Hacker with math, weather and environmental knowledge. PBSKids.org/Cyberchase
STEM Collaborative: This site has four major components: math by design, roadtrip, scale city and proportionland. Each module offers virtual environments, simulations, videos and interactive math challenges. STEMcollaborative.org
Xploration Outer Space: This two-hour program produced by Emily Calandrelli, a former NASA employee, focuses on STEM topics related to space exploration. It is shown on FOX affiliate stations.
Sparticl: This site, a treasure trove of information for teen learners, is divided into living things, matter and energy, body and brain, tech and invention and earth and space. Each section contains informative articles, videos, and experiments to try at home. sparticl.org