Welcome! It’s great to have you here. This is a continually updated space, written specifically for parents about the future of education. Here, you’ll find ideas, inspiration, and hope for the journey your children are on as they discover what education means for them.
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WHY CHILDREN SHOULD CARE ABOUT CONSERVATION
by Janelle Schroy, Founder of Adventure Clubs | September 6, 2019
The world’s ecosystems, and our very existence as humans depend on our stewardship of the wonderful world around us – the plants, the animals and the natural resources. If we as parents want our children and grandchildren to have a safe, healthy, beautiful world, it’s our responsibility to steward it well and to teach the next generation to do the same. But families and schools don’t always have time to teach this in its fullest sense.
For our own good – food and water, health and wellness, beauty and appreciation – we MUST teach our children. We can’t see human living and wild ecosystems as two silos – they are inextricably interwoven. Of course, we cannot preserve every species, but we must teach children to ensure that ecosystems are as rich and diverse as possible.
When kids get to see a problem or a solution first hand, they can easily become passionate about it and take up the cause to move the needle forward around the problem. When kids get to take a walk in a rainforest, or meet endangered animals with a specialist, they suddenly have a whole new world opened to them where they have an understanding of why it matters to save the rainforest, or the tigers, or the sea turtles.
Kids are concrete thinkers in many ways, but education tends to be very big picture, like “save endangered species!” but kids don’t know exactly what that means for them. When they come face to face with a Bengal tiger along with a loving zookeeper who knows details about tigers and what they need and why they are so important, the child has a concrete memory to draw from in their learning process.
So this begs the question, in what ways can we, as parents, intentionally facilitate our children having experiences that open their eyes to the big world and the ways we can help to sustain it, protect it and steward it well?
Here are four fun ideas to get you started:
#1 Sign them up for an Adventure Clubs’ conservation focused club with other kids their age. Download the Adventure Clubs app on the App Store or Google Play.
#2 Dig into the rich resources offered by BrainPOP in their Science section. Explore the collection called “Our Fragile Environment” together. This collection of animated videos is one of our favorite resources!
#3 Sign up for TED Ed emails which offer free videos about climate change and closely related topics. They are SO good.
#4 Explore NatGeo Kids’ webpage about animals and everything to do with protecting endangered species. There is so much on the site to keep kids busy and learning.
WHY NASA, 3D PRINTING & STEM LEARNING COULD MATTER TO ALL OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURES
by Janelle Schroy, Founder of Adventure Clubs | August 8, 2019
The acronym STEM refers to the focused learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education is about practical application of real-world problem solving through highly integrated learning experiences. Our world depends on science, technology, engineering, and math.
STEM is everywhere: in the technology we use, the way we research, the way we tackle challenges, and the way we design for future innovation. On average, STEM jobs pay 99% MORE than other jobs. Why? Because there is a huge lack of talent in this space. There just aren’t enough people who are equipped to do the work of the future. As more and more of our lives become automated, the demand for STEM jobs will continue to rise. It’s the time to inspire kids to be excited about everything related to STEM, yes?
Here are two ways to get kids pumped about SCIENCE
#1 Try to make some of these Science Snacks from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
#2 Follow NASA Kids’ Club, which is always posting engaging content for kids.
Here are two ideas to get kids interested in the latest TECHNOLOGY
#1 Get them started in design printing at a young age.
#2 Take some free classes with your kids from Today at Apple and learn how to use their latest technology.
Here are two ideas to inspire kids to love ENGINEERING
#1 Take time once a week to explore the latest videos on the SpaceX YouTube channel. The technology they are developing is almost unbelievable!
#2 Encourage kids to love architecture by getting them one of these cool architecture kits for kids.
Here are two ideas to get kids excited about MATH
#1 Get them started in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology by choosing one of these fun ideas for kids.
#2 Let them pick an instrument and sign up for music classes. Math is music, music is math. It’s all integrated and kids absolutely love it.