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STEM + Families

National PTA’s STEM Initiative

National PTA's STEM + Families® program delivers access and hands-on exposure to science, technology, engineering and math to engage families and inspire students to pursue career opportunities in STEM fields.

PTA’s vision is that all students have the family and community support needed to access and pursue STEM opportunities and careers.

We want to foster passion for science, technology, engineering, and math through fun activities and by involving families in these experiences together. Our STEM initiative will engage students, families, and communities in opportunities to explore... inspire... empower... and educate... STEM possibilities.

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Stem at Home Activities

 

STEM at Home

Don't limit the STEM fun to school—bring the STEM excitement home and get the whole family involved in the fun. National PTA and Bayer have developed a series of hands-on activities families can do.

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Science Festivals

 

Science

Science Festivals bring together students and families to participate in shared, hands-on science experiences. Find guides and material lists for experiments that help all kids explore activities and careers in STEM.

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Engineering: Propelling Our World

 

Engineering

Put simply, engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. Propelling Our World demystifies engineering for students and their families by offering easy and fun design challenges for them to do together.

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Math Nights

 

Mathematics

Involve families in a fun, enjoyable shared math experience with events co-hosted by PTAs and Mathnasium in schools across the country. Math Nights help kids explore math at their own levels through games and activities.

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STEM Resources

 

Resources

Find dozens of quality selected resources including at-home activities, career information, events and celebrations, research and organizations to supplement your STEM program.

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About STEM + Families

 

About

Now is the time to shift the conversation in STEM to include parents and families as important partners in STEM education and career pathways. Learn more about National PTA's STEM + Families Initiative.

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Family Engagement is the Key to Student Success

Family Engagement

Parents and caregivers are key partners for teachers and schools to engage in the development and expansion of STEM learning and access. STEM careers in the United States are growing twice as fast as other fields but economic projections predict that there could be as many as 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018. To meet the rapidly-growing demand for qualified STEM professionals and develop the next generation of leaders, we must help students build the necessary competencies and skills to pursue STEM degrees and career opportunities.

Most people think of civil engineers, doctors, accountants or scientists when they think of STEM careers—all professions that require at least a four-year degree. But there are a vast array of other careers in STEM, and approximately half of those STEM jobs only require a two-year degree.



 

Simple Ways to Support Students in STEM

Family members don’t need to be an engineer, doctor, or scientist to support children’s exploration of STEM learning. Help support STEM education by simply:

  • Setting clear and high expectations of student performance
  • Creating supportive learning environments at home
  • Asking questions that help to guide the exploration of courses students need to pursue STEM career pathways

Check out these additional opportunities to explore STEM learning at home:




Sponsors

Bayer
Founding & Presenting Sponsor

Mathnasium
Founding Sponsor

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Supporting Sponsor