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How To Keep Children Learning Key STEM Skills For Years to Come

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, U.K. - s4story -- The coronavirus pandemic continues to dictate what we can and can't do, and despite schools starting to slowly re-open from 1 June, a lot of parents will still be left occupying the role of substitute STEM teachers. And, despite, the ongoing debate on whether it's safe for children to go back, there's still a lot that can be done to help children learn these key skills at home.

With this in mind, we highlight what you can do, how to do it, and celebrate those who've been keeping STEM firmly in the spotlight.

Science – To help bring a new lease of life to the kitchen and keep your kids entertained, National Geographic has put together some quick examples of cooking techniques that children can get involved with and learn at the same time.

Measuring liquids, weighing salt, whisking, and seasoning vegetables all feature as cool ways to teach children about science. If you've been waiting for a relief from cooking, give this one a go.

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Technology – Glasgow-based firm CGI launched their 'STEM from Home' activities aimed at children between the ages of six and 14. The activities include coding, robotics the environment, sport, and healthy living. Enough resources were initially created to last 12 weeks, with more set to follow.

Engineering – With a clear focus on trains and engineering, Network Rail's pack contains tasks and activities for ages between five and 16. The resource pack is super useful for parents who have been classed as key workers, and may still need their children to learn from home.

Mathematics – Football and mathematics aren't often seen as going hand-in-hand. But, thanks to a partnership between Twinkl, Santander and the F2 Freestylers, young people have had the opportunity to brush up on their football tricks and mathematics skills at the same time – with the latter focusing on times tables and telling the time, the two most searched maths themes on Twinkl's website.

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The car industry a fantastic example of how young people can go straight into workplace once they finish college. With engineering playing such a vital role in the world of automotive vehicles, it's important that young people continue to choose this route as a way of building a career.

Look no further than Rob Pallent-Bright, a Lookers apprentice based at Lookers Ford Braintree. Playing a key role in the servicing of cars like the Ford Mondeo Hybrid (https://www.lookers.co.uk/ford/new-cars/new-ford-mondeo-hybrid), Rob's hard work paid dividends when he walked away with two major gongs in the same week, back in November 2019.

With opportunities available through apprenticeships, initiatives during lockdown, and education when the schools re-open, the chances of industry gaps being plugged is increased, and hopefully for years to come.

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