- Ian Robinson
What Are The Top Five Cognitive Benefits Of Early Childhood Exposure To STEM?
STEM is a powerful developmental tool and not just a trend that parents want their children to fall in love with.
Early exposure to STEM presents numerous benefits by stimulating the frontal lobe, which controls higher cognitive skills.
Your child’s mind will bloom in almost every dimension if you expose him/her to STEM on a regular basis.
You might be asking, “How can I expose my young child to STEM?
You can expose your child to STEM by giving him/her STEM books and toys, and, most importantly, by doing fun STEM activities at home. I provide more details in another article entitled, Do You Want To Spark Your Child’s Interest In STEM?
Cognitive benefits of STEM:
1. STEM Improves Logic
STEM stimulates the logic centers of the brain because it requires a greater application of preciseness and sequential thinking. The benefit of an improvement in logical thinking primarily relates to the math component of STEM.
2. STEM Heightens Problem Solving Skills
Math and engineering rely on problem solving skills. Therefore, a simple math or engineering activity at home does wonders by automatically activating key parts of the frontal lobe. Do fun math and engineering activities at home and your child’s level of frontal lobe activation will increase overtime. It is all about revving up the brain’s natural ability to seek solutions.
3. STEM Sharpens Critical Thinking
The science component of STEM counteracts the urge to automatically accept ideas and information at face value. Science is all about finding and presenting proof and evidence. Therefore, science urges children to seek the truth by closely examining ideas and analyzing information. Science also helps children to understand the concept of cause and effect, which is vital for critical thinking.
4. STEM Increases Cognitive Control/Self-Regulation
A boost in logic, critical thinking, and problem solving skills come together to increase cognitive control in children. If a child has the ability to think logically, think critically, and problem solve, then there is a great probability that he/she will also apply those mental skills in the dimension of behavior modification.
5. STEM Deepens Inquiry Skills
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are fascinating subject matters because they tackle the mysteries of the universe. They push us to ask key questions. How, what, when, and why are the primary responses our minds generate when we encounter new STEM information and problems. We want to know. If this is the case for adults, then, it is ten times stronger in a child’s mind. You want to know how and your child wants to know even more so, because learning is what they do best.
The level of cognitive growth that your child can get from STEM is amazing. Expose your children to STEM and watch him/her grow mentally.