What are STEM toys? - modzzle

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STEM is becoming a more and more used term these days. But what does it stand for?

STEM is an acronym that stands for four disciplines that are considered exact sciences:

  • Science (e.g. physics, biology, chemistry, etc)
  • Technology (e.g. IT, coding, computers, algorithms, etc.)
  • Engineering (e.g. construction, mechanical, electrical, etc.)
  • Maths (e.g. geometry, problem solving, etc.)

When we speak of STEM toys we mean toys that are based on concepts from one or more of these sciences. 

These toys' purpose is to introduce the child to the concepts, principles and laws of these sciences through a concrete, practical approach. They aim to make learning STEM subjects fun and engaging and get the child interested in the world of STEM early on.

The benefits are many. They help develop STEM-related skills such as  spatial awareness, number sense, 3D reality, etc. Another big benefit is that they also develop cognitive and sensory skills such as memory, attention to details, patience, observation skills, creativity/innovation, problem-solving, decision making, perception, etc. And they also help your child improve their social and interpersonal skills.

Here are a few examples of STEM toys: 2D/3D puzzles, model assembly kits, chemistry kits, solar-powered robots, construction sets, magnetic building sets, marble runs, microscopes/telescopes, etc.

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