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The fact that our schools have fallen behind in teaching science, math, and technology has been in the news for several years. The STEM Education Coalition was created to inform federal and state education policy makers about the importance of science, math, engineering, and technology curriculum for our children. These four subjects have become important to the future of high-quality jobs in our country and for the future of our country's economic well-being. Statistics show that the future of high-quality jobs in America are in the fields of computing, engineering, physical science, life science, and math. STEM is a curriculum approach that combines science, math, engineering, and technology into a cohesive teaching method with real-world applications for children.

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The STEM based curriculum begins with our kindergarten programs. Blended learning is already a teaching method used by early childhood educators because young children find learning activities easy to master when the activities are related to what they know in all subjects. Kindergarten STEM activities begin with the basics at an introductory level that is developmentally appropriate in science, math, engineering concepts, and technology. Real-world problem solving and hands-on activities are designed to get young children interested in these subjects.

Real-world activities outside the school that provide learning opportunities in these curriculum disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math are encouraged for young children. After-school and summer programs are encouraged to provide activities that support the STEM project. St. Paul Early Childhood Learning Center in Sarasota is doing its part to support the STEM concept this summer with its summer camp activities. Session 1 will run from June 9-17, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for ages 2 years-8. Hands-on and developmentally appropriate activities will be designed to promote young children's interest in science, math, technology, and engineering. The cost for summer camp at St. Paul Early Learning Center is $115 a week, or $325 for the complete session.

Parents may register for this summer camp by calling 941-955-6480. You may log on at www.stpaulsarasota.org for information about this early childhood learning center in Sarasota. St. Paul Early Learning Childhood Learning Center is located at 2256 Bahia Vista St. in Sarasota.

Give your young children a head-start in developing an interest in science, math, engineering, and technology with this innovative summer camp experience this summer. Interesting video included and slideshow ideas for young children to adhere to the STEM policies are included in my article.

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