We have understood and pursue a philosophy as well as practice of nurturing K thru 5 early childhood warriors through the powerful medium of STEM. We are by far the very few who focus on the best bang for the buck theory for maximum results imbibing STEM skills into young minds.
In a globally competitive economy, employers of all shapes and sizes are increasingly seeking workers skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math. Investing to ensure a pipeline of workers skilled in STEM competencies is a workforce issue, an economic-development issue, and a business imperative. And the best way to ensure return on these investments is to start fostering these skills in young children.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to define a STEM “job.” Regardless of the industry” manufacturing, utilities, construction, technology, financial services employers are looking for a talent pipeline that can produce workers proficient in the STEM disciplines. Concepts at the heart of STEM ”curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking”are in demand. They also happen to be innate in young children.
A It is a genuine belief that one can’t start early enough: Young children are natural-born scientists and engineers. Like STEM, investment in early-childhood education is a workforce-pipeline issue. Research has shown that high-quality pre-K cuts the rate of children being held back a grade in half; decreases juvenile arrests by a third; and increases high school attendance by a third, college attendance by a whopping 80 percent, and employment by 23 percent. High-quality early-learning environments provide children with a structure in which to build upon their natural inclination to explore, to build, and to question. There is an exciting and powerful link between STEM and early childhood. Research confirms that the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4, and that early math skills are the most powerful predictors of later learning. Research also confirms that early math skills are a better predictor of later academic success than early reading is. The study found that in a comparison of math, literacy, and social-emotional skills at kindergarten entry, “early math concepts, such as knowledge of numbers and ordinality, were the most powerful predictors of later learning.”
We are not tool suppliers or game builders or even simply educators. We constantly think out of the box and strive to structure environments conducive to making learning a fun experience