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Learning Resources for Kids
WHAT IS STEM?
S.T.E.M is a learning curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines:
STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.¹
DID YOU KNOW?
A lightning strike can reach up to 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit (30,000 degrees Celsius). This is around five times hotter than the surface of the sun. While a lightning bolt may look huge, its actual size is only as long as that of a ballpoint pen.¹
DID YOU KNOW?
The world’s smallest bird is called the Zunzuncito and is a species of hummingbird. It is native to Cuba and is also sometimes referred to as the Bee Hummingbird. The bee hummingbird is the smallest living bird but there are some extinct species that could be considered smaller. Females weigh 2.6 g and are 2.4 in long, and are slightly larger than males, which have an average weight of 1.95 g and length of 2.2 in. Like all hummingbirds, it is a swift, strong flier. ²