Science centers are places where children of all ages can experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, often referred to as STEAM (or STEM for those that leave out all important art). Experience is what distinguishes science centers from science museums. At a science museum touching is typically discouraged, at a science center we want children and families to touch and explore (so long as it’s safe!).
Is a science center a place just for children? Absolutely not! Throughout history children look up to their elders to model what is important. It is critically important for children to experience STEAM with those they look up to. Want your child to pursue a career in STEAM? Then model doing STEAM activities for them! If that sounds scary then you know exactly why Imagination Station is so important: we’re here to do STEAM with the whole family, not just children! We’ll provide activities and demonstrations that engage the whole family, all you as an adult have to do is participate with your child.
So why is it important? Science centers ignite imaginations, creativity and foster critical thinking in our future generations. This is important for our society. We need our children to know how to think critically and creatively so they can solve the problems that the world throws at them, just like our parents did for us and just like we are doing now for our children. What’s even better is this: for children who may not have seen many scientists, engineers or mathematicians that look like them, entering a STEM field typically increases that child’s earning potential by tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to their parents.
The steam revolution of the 19th century powered America into a new era of innovation and mobility. STEAM in the 21st century will power our children to better, healthier lives on this planet and soon to others in our solar system.
The catch is, we need to start young. Children aren’t born with special math or science ability. They acquire those skills, just like any other skill, through trial, failure, success and repetition. The younger we start children on a path towards STEAM empowerment the more likely it is that they will find success. Just like the basketball player or the guitar player who starts younger, the younger we ignite imaginations for STEAM the further they go.
Stop by Imagination Station today and watch your child’s imagination, creativity, and critical thinking explode!