It's old parenting news that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is en vogue right now. Kids throughout the country are being taught these important subjects through a wide variety of media -- old-school teaching, LEGO clubs, maker fairs, computer programming. It seems everything that is being taught to kids nowadays has a STEM component to it.
And, that includes the littlest kids as well. Yes, even babies are being taught STEM concepts!
A new series of board books, "Baby Loves Science," is described as "little books about big ideas", and jumps on the STEM bandwagon to get little ones interested and acquainted with the terms and ideas they'll learn lots more about as they get older.
The books are well-crafted for their young audience, with bright colors, adorable illustrations of babies and subject matter that is tailor-made to young children's interests. In "Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!" (Don't laugh too much at the title -- it's actually pretty fun!), a baby notices a bird, and, in short, simple sentences, concepts of aeronautics are taught: "The top of her wing is curved. The bottom of her wing is flat." These concepts are then expanded upon as the baby plays with a toy airplane and learns about rockets.
"Baby Loves Quarks" is even more fun, as the concept of atoms being the building blocks of matter is compared to, what else, but actual building blocks. Little children will love the adorable illustrations of protons and neutrons holding hands as they unify to create an atom, and they'll love the concept of scientists smashing a nucleus as the baby smashing his block tower is shown!
These books are a fun way to introduce little ones to scientific concepts.