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Why STEM Learning is Important to Me - #StartWithScience


Can you believe that my kids have been back in school for 2 weeks already? It seem like just yesterday they were out for the summer. While I love summer, and I love the summer vacation, I do love when they're back in school. Call it a mom thing. As a parent of three children who are actively in schools, college, high school and junior high school, I can say that I have quite a bit of experience in school related activities. My kids are usually quite anxious to get back in school but none more so than my 11 year old. As most of you know, he's autistic but he's a whiz at science. He would sit for hours watching YouTube science videos trying to figure out how things work, and I can't even begin to tell you how much of his toys have ended up with him opening them up just to see how they work. I have always encouraged his love of learning and I've also encouraged his love of science. I've purchased quite a lot of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) products throughout the years and he is currently enrolled in science classes, but his love for science truly stems from his early years of experimenting and exploring.

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Orkin; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This year Orkin hopes to amplify that eagerness to learn through their Start with Science initiative, which provides materials to classrooms in need, making those experiences possible for your kids and children around the country. Did you know Orkin has donated over $325,000 to fund 1,400+ projects for more than 123,000 U.S. public school students? The Orkin Start with Science campaign will let you fund in-class learning experiences in public and charter schools nationwide via DonorsChoose.org, while showcasing the philanthropic efforts of Orkin. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness for the Orkin Start with Science initiative, which supports science education, and to help teachers across America bring their classroom projects to life!




As a parent I'm all for having other children exceed and STEM learning is very important to me and my family. While most people tend to steer away from such subjects in school, we need more scientists and more mathematicians. I would love for them to find a cure for autism and a cure for cancer, and how else would that be possible if not for science?

Think about future jobs, most will require you to have a basic knowledge of math and science and what better way to be prepared for those jobs than to start implementing STEM classes now. We're in a world where technology plays a major part in our lives. Without it I don't know how most of us will survive.

Having your children have hands-on classroom STEM activities will not only foster their love of science but will also help them in the form of learning to problem solve and become the logical thinkers that we want them to be.

Because I believe that every child should have access to a STEM education, I've teamed up with ORKIN and even donated to a classroom right here in my community that is advocating for STEM learning in the classroom. I decided to donate to Robotics for 21st Century Learning which would help children understand the basics of coding, engineering and robotics. You too can donate to schools nationwide. Just go to DonorsChose and help out today!

And today one of my readers will win a $250 gift code to contribute to a science or math project that also inspires you through DonorsChoose. Just enter our giveaway below.



Annmarie John
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  1. STEM is such a hugely important part of education. The world is changing, and more and more, it's becoming all about the core of STEM. Kids need to know this stuff!

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    1. Yes they really do and a lot of people aren't realizing that unfortunately.

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  2. STEM is so important, but my kids didn't like learning from books. Hands on activities like this are the best.

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    1. Some kids learn a lot better at hands on compared to books. That's the way my son is as well.

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  3. My 6 year old loves STEM toys, and I love that these toys are helping him build important skills. He loves to make things, so we have a ton of LEGOS and other building toys around the house.

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    1. That's how we started out. We started with LEGOS and now we buy the science stuff so he can get some hands on at home.

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  4. I agree, STEM is so important for our developing world and we need to make it a point to keep our children interested and engaged. How wonderful that Orkin is giving back in such a fun way.

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    1. I'm happy to see that Orkin is giving back as well. That was really nice of them to do.

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  5. My kids love learning by being hands on. I think that STEM is something they would really enjoy!

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    1. Oh yes if they love being hands on, then STEM is definitely the way for them to go.

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  6. I do think the STEM subjects are the future. I have a feeling that more and more businesses, big and small, will want to hire people who can program.

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    1. I am with you on that for sure so it's why I encourage my kids to get hands on and get with the "program".

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  7. I love Stem toys because they can get kids excited about science and math in a way that textbooks can't! I love that Orkin is getting behind this initiative!

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    1. That is very true. I was never a fan of textbook learning when it comes to science anyway.

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  8. Actually, we heard that there are a lot of scholarships for girls wanting to learn in the STEM fields. Sadly, most girls shy away from these areas of learning, so they are trying to encourage more girls to enter those fields. I love that Orkin is encouraging more STEM learning with the Start with Science initiative!

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    1. I wish more girls would get interested and maybe there might be an increase, you just never know. I'm happy that Orkin has this Start With Science project as well.

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  9. Building is important for kids. They learn and also get to use their hands.

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  10. STEM learning is important for every child to have a chance to explore. Science is something I wish I knew better and had learned STEM in school. It's great to hear about donating to schools too.

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    1. While I wasn't a fan of science or anything math related when going to school, I'm sorry I didn't participate more back then.

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  11. I am so fortunate to be a school counselor at a STEM themed high school. I see the difference it is making in these kids lives.

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    1. That is awesome! I'm so glad to see that you're seeing the difference.

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  12. STEM learning is so important for all of us. And how awesome is it of Orkin to invest in all our future this way.

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    1. I'm pretty excited that they decided to do it as well.

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  13. I think kids are mostly limited these days and I hate that. STEM is so important for helping cognitive development advance in a huge way!

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    1. It is very important for our kids and I wish more people saw that.

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  14. STEM and STEAM learning are so important! Its great to incorporate all of these together so that you can make better connections and see how everything is a part of another!

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    1. That's very true. They truly go hand in hand.

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  15. I always encourage my kids to learn and explore things. STEM is very important part of learning and I think that kids who loves science have a great advantage than those who don't. Love that you son is very curious about things.

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    1. Sometimes he's a bit too curious. I have things that have been opened that never should have been. :)

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  16. I haven't heard of STEM. This sounds nice, I want to introduce to my son.

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    1. You've never heard of it? You should enquire as to if it's available at your son's school.

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  17. I find it very important as well. Even outside of school, I take time to do STEM activities with my children.

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    1. Sounds like you're all into it and I'm happy to hear that.

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  18. Such a great initiative. I was helping an Upward Bound program incorporate STEM into their curriculum draft recently. It really is very important to encourage kids to become involved with it. After awhile it will be like second nature and they may just find they love it. :)

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    1. Exactly Rosey and I'm happy to hear that you're helping out in such a way yourself. Thank you.

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  19. Having been exposed to teaching STEM learning, I can totally relate to the value it can bring to the kids. It makes them more inquisitive and grooms them to become smarter individuals.

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    1. It really does and I wish more schools and even parents would see that.

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  20. STEM is a big deal in our house. Both of my kids are STEM kids. My son is a sophomore engineering major in college and he continues to support the robotics team as a mentor.

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    1. Awww that's awesome. Sounds like he's already giving back.

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  21. STEM is here to stay. Technology is always changing and growing at such a fast pace. Getting all kids involved and loving STEM is important. Hands-on is the way to go!

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    1. It really is here to stay whether we want to believe it or not.

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  22. My son is in the STEM program. He joined in 9th grade and loves it. He is currently looking into engineering college to become an Aerospace engineer. i lvoe that your son take his toys apart to learn how they work. Mine does to.

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    1. An aerospace engineer? Sounds exciting! While I don't mind that he takes stuff apart, sometimes I wish he wouldn't. :)

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  23. I couldn't agree more! STEM is so important for our future and it starts with our children.

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  24. I would have loved more science lessons to have an emphasis on Stem Learning. As you said it is very important to foster logical skills.

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    1. It is very important. So many people out here with no common sense whatsoever. :)

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  25. I think that STEM learning is wonderful for inspiring children to tap into their many abilities. I just wish that more children had access to the resources that would help them develop these skills.

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    1. I wish that more children had access to it as well, that's why I'm happy that Orkin has the Start With Science initiative happening right now.

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  26. I think STEM learning is so important for kids to learn. I am glad they are coming out with more toys related to STEM.

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    1. Yes more companies are making more STEM related toys so that's a plus.

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  27. STEM is so important for our children. I'm definitely making it a part of our lives with certain toys that make them think.

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    1. Sounds like you've got a headstart as well.

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  28. My grand daughters are in love with science and they are always willing to try new things. I contribute it to STEM

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    1. And you may be right and I'm happy to hear that they're in love with science as well.

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  29. Stem learning is very important. What you and Orkin are doing is fantastic.

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  30. I love buying STEM focused toys for my son, especially since Science is his favorite subject. You have to love a fun and educational toy!

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    1. Sounds like you're doing a great job with him and encouraging his love of science is a plus.

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  31. I would love to help out our local schools with programs that foster STEM learning. This is such a great giveaway! That money will go a long way to help the kids and their school. Count me in!

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    1. It will hep the kids and their schools. Thanks for supporting them.

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  32. I love STEM! We have it implemented in our junior high and it is fabulous! They have it set up to where the kids involved in stem will already have their associates degree by the time they graduate high school!

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    1. That's awesome!! Our schools here don't offer anything like that in junior high school but you can get it while in high school. Sounds like you have a great school system there.

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  33. I think focusing on those subjects can be extremely important, especially if the kids want to pursue a career in one of those fields!

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    1. Well to be honest, it can be important even if you don't pursue a career in those fields. :)

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  34. So many kids learn by hands on. i think this method is so great for kids and will help so many. glad to see companies are taking it seriously.

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    1. There are lots of different ways that kids learn and those who love learning with their hands will benefit greatly from STEM related learning activities.

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  35. This is fabulous and STEM learning is so important for our kids -- this is the direction our world is moving in! I love some of the STEM activities too. The one you shared here looks awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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    1. STEM is very important to our kids and I wish more parents thought the way you do. The Start With Science initiative is very important and I love it. Here's to a fantastic week to you too Jennifer.

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  36. My son is in kindergarten and they are starting STEM this year. I volunteered to be the parent helper for that activity because it's so important, and frankly, I think it's important for children to see a woman helping with science, too. I remember feeling very unsure of myself at Math as a child. I'd love to help my son's classmates feel more confident.

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    1. Sounds like you're doing a good job and it's great to hear that your son is starting his STEM learning as early as Kindergarten. Way to go!

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  37. I don't get why more schools don't do it and why it's such a taboo subject. STEM learning is the way to go. With technology being so rampant we're going to need all the engineers that we can get in the future.

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    1. I totally agree with you. It is very important and I wish more schools would introduce it.

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  38. We are all about stem learning! We have loved Goldiblocks Stem Toys, they make it really fun!

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    1. I have heard of Goldiblocks but have never really looked into it. I just might now.

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