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Sylvan Learning Encourages STEM Learning With Bill Nye The Science Guy

by Nellie

Bill Nye Demonstrates Sylvan Learning's New EDGE Robotics Offering at the 'Find Your Edge' Event in NYC, April 21, 2015 ((Brian Ach_AP Images for Sylvan Learning)

For the past two weeks the upper elementary school kids in NYC public schools have been taking their state exams. I have never been a good test taker–in fact my mom hired Sylvan Learning to help me with my SATs because I needed rest taking skills in the worst way.

A Child Gets Hand On Time with Sylvan Learning's New EDGE Robotics Activity at the 'Find Your EDGE' Event in NYC, April 21, 2015 (Brian Ach_AP Images for Sylvan Learning)

Last week I attended a Sylvan Learning #FindYourEdge event that had several different stations that focused on improving STEM proficiency. This included areas dedicated to coding, math, apps and robotics. The kids were assisted by Sylvan representatives and shown how their programs are first hand.

What is STEM Learning?

STEM Defined: STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education

A STEM learning program can be extremely beneficial for your child especially for those kids who are technologically inclined. Our world is becoming more and more digital by the day so introducing children to a STEM program like coding or robotics could pay off in amazing ways in the future.

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Sylvan Learning polled over 1000 parents to address their concerns with STEM education and some of the results were eye opening:

  • Nearly half of the parents believe that children should begin STEM-related education before the age of ten
  • One third don’t believe that most children have the proper technology instruction in the classroom
  • 94% believe that it’s crucial to train today’s children for a different future in the global job market
  • 80% of parents reported that their children lacked the necessary skills in computer science
  • 89% of parents feel it’s up to them to ensure their child is exposed to STEM outside the classroom

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Bill Nye was present and I’m not going to act too cool for school and I will admit that I was geeking…a lot. Bill Nye The Science Guy is a legend in my book and he is a big fan of STEM learning.

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I personally believe that A STEM program can introduce kids to a world they may not even know they love. It’s up to us as parents to help them find their passion. You never know if you have a little engineer or developer on your hands–why not get started early?

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To learn more about Sylvan’s programs in your area you can click here.

Do you believe in STEM learning? Would you get your child involved in such a program?

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7 comments

Kristina Walters April 28, 2015 - 5:45 am

Sounds like an awesome program. Being in the engineering field myself, I think this would be a huge benefit to children. So cool you got to meet Bill Nye!

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Janine HulDie April 28, 2015 - 5:47 am

Bill Nye is seriously a legend in my book, too. Sounds like an awesome program and going to take a better look at as the girls get older now 😉

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Britt April 28, 2015 - 6:47 am

Yes definitely!! I think technology is not understood and underutilized. I remember seeing how fast we could type in my computer class in school. Given that I now have a website and need to understand some basic coding, I think technology education is so important! Plus, there are a lot of jobs in that sector.

I am a great test taker but a horrible standardized test taker!

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Leslie April 28, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Having a school teacher as a sister, I’ve become a big advocate of STEM programs and activities. The best thing is, they don’t have to feel like STEM activities. I actually got my sister’s kids Tinker Crate subscriptions for Christmas last year (from Kiwi Crate); which are supposed to be hands-on STEM activities. From what I’ve heard, the kids love them. It’s all about getting kids to think critically and logically instead of just learning how to get a high score on a test. (Plus, Bill Nye is pretty awesome)

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Kita April 28, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Yes I love STEM programs some schools are specific to them and they are needed especially in the world we live in. Bill Nye love him!

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Cassandre April 29, 2015 - 12:45 am

I am huge supporter and advocate for STEM education and think that more kids need to be exposed to what the opportunities are. there’s a huge movement happening right now with AA kids and STEM

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Tamara April 29, 2015 - 11:57 am

I love Bill Nye!
We had a STEM program in preschool but it cost extra and was at odd hours when I had the baby at home, so I never did it for Scarlet. Now I really want to. She gets by on charm a lot, but she doesn’t do anything extracurricular! Unless you count gardening, photography and traveling. But nothing more organized!

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