When children express their natural curiosity through play, they strengthen their scientific thinking and problem-solving skills. By encouraging this desire to learn, you are preparing your child to be a leader in tomorrow's STEM fields and industries. This exhibit will help your child explore these STEM concepts:
- Science – When they leave this exhibit, kids will know much more about building with large blocks than they did an hour ago. Like scientists, they have gained new knowledge through research!
- Technology – Humans use tools, such as the light tables, to do their jobs and achieve their goals. While your child is building, you can also use your cell phone as a tool to help record his or her process by taking pictures for him or her to see.
- Engineering – Designing bridges and arches that hold weight, towers that stay standing, and ramps to carry objects from place to place are challenging tasks that inventive engineers face every day!
- Math – When children build with blocks, they are noticing each block's length, width, shape, and weight, and then making a decision about which block will work best for their purpose.