Getting girls interested in STEM activities has got easier thanks to This is Rocket Science which is an activity book written by Emma Vanstone. There are several reasons why I am encouraging Erin to join in with the 70 fun and easy experiments that teach her more about the solar system.
Erin is a bright 8 year old, working above expected levels in all areas and she loves learning. Yet the pressure on teachers today is immense. Whilst Erin soaks up learning at school, I see it as my duty to take her further and continue this learning at home.
Now that doesn’t mean sitting at a table writing and reading ((although she does that too) it just means that I give her opportunities to explore and get her hands involved in other areas.
The book uses everyday items like bottles and cardboard to build awesome rockets and launch pads. Erin loves doing and making and creating but I lack the ideas all too often.
This book provides the ideas, it will provide hours of fun. Erin also likes to do things by herself and this book allows for that. It is not full of jargon, it is aimed at letting kids be inquisitive about the world around them. She doesn’t need me to do everything with her and that is what I want. She is ready to explore for herself, she doesn’t want to watch me making and doing the experiment. She wants to get hands on.
STEM subjects are where more jobs will be by the time Erin enters the job market. They are also where the well paid jobs are. I want to raise a fierce child who isn’t afraid to take on the boys in traditionally male-dominated areas. By giving her the tools and confidence in our home I know that she will demonstrate those same skills in the classroom and beyond.
This is Rocket Science, will not sit on a book shelf, instead, it will become dog-eared and hopefully spattered with stains as she is learning about her world.
This is Rocket Science: An Activity Guide is available from Amazon for £12.83 today.