Why Every Daycare Needs to Introduce a STEM Maker Space Program
The multitude of benefits of a STEM "Maker Space" program include
Easier Than You Think
Children are natural builders, intuitively curious and love to experiment. For centuries children would naturally build with whatever they could find. Anything from taking some pillows and blankets and building a fort to finding some sticks and twigs and makingÖ well... wherever their imagination would take them. Introducing a STEM "Maker Space" program is a natural extension. In such a program kids have fun, keeps them engaged, taps into their natural curiosity and develops their creativity.
By using simple dollar store materials and house hold items and using them to build awesome creations kids can be guided to unlock their future potential. Children think itís fun and games but you and the parents know its educational.
If you donít think you can do it yourself or you just simply donít have the time, providers like "How Cool is That?" offer a turnkey program for any daycare to use in their community. As a licensed instructor you will receive video guides and lesson plans that you can start implementing today by simply following along. The database of projects is regularly updated so that you always have awesome and fun content to bring to your community.
Differentiate Your Daycare
As a former grade school teacher and in my current role as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) director I rarely, if ever, meet a student that did not love their daycare or their daycare teachers. So why does that positive relationship have to end when the children move on from daycare to school?
By introducing a school age STEM "Maker Space" program, you will now continue to support your students as they grow older. Doing so you will grow your reputation in the community as an educational leader. Your daycare will be known as the place that supports childrenís intellectual growth throughout their childhood setting them up for academic and professional success.
Learning should be fun, when it is, children tend to absorb more and try harder. Unfortunately, school is often boring, uninspiring and mundane, however, daycares are often associated with excitement. By implementing a STEM "Maker Space" your daycare will continue to promote fun in learning and by making a difference your daycare will set itself apart from the competition.
The National Education Association recommends activities that promote the development of creativity, critical thinking and imagination. Jobs in fields that require math and science have increased 79% in the last 30 years and 13% in 2019, however the united states ranks 30th among developed nations in preparing kids for these careers with only 20% of high school graduates ready for college.
The criticism of the inadequacy of the education system is growing, however, daycares are the perfect environment to show kids that learning is fun and by doing so you can make a real difference in our kidís futures.
Additional Source of Revenue
The first problem is that your largest investment, your home or daycare facility you operate out of does not generate any revenue during evenings or weekend.
Secondly, daycares and their students have a special bond, and unfortunately that bond ends when the students graduate to grade school and so does the revenue generated by that customer.
With a school age STEM "Maker Space" program this can change.
Families know you, like you, and value your service. This relationship can be leveraged to generate more revenue for years after they left your care.
Daycares that become licensed instructors with "How Cool is That?" use the curriculum to create multiple revenue streams including maker themed birthday parties, weekly maker workshops, holiday or special one-time events that can be run in the evenings and weekends. We have done the work for you so that all you have to do is execute.
Your daycare can increase its revenue, your staff can gain an opportunity to earn an additional income and the kids in the community get an amazing fun and educational program.