The shortage of IT skills in industry has been the subject of debate in the United States over recent months, and a similar situation has also become evident in New Zealand. US-based writer Kevin Casey has recommended these STEM websites to get kids excited about technology as a subject, and a potential future career.
1. CyberChase (PBS Kids) PBS Kids’ show CyberChase offers a range of online resources for future CISOs, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts.
2. NASA Kids Club Building a rocket and plenty of other space-related projects and activities are included on this site.
4. TechRocket TechRocket’s courses for coding, game design, and graphic design are built on the premise that “you’re never too young to learn STEM skills.” This site includes a heavy focus on building mobile apps and games, from iOS development to Minecraft mods.
5. Engineering, Go For It (eGFI) Created by the American Society for Engineering Education, eGFI’s aim is to foster educational and pre-professional interest in engineering and other STEM subjects from pre-school and right through high school. In addition to information on the myriad branches of the engineering field — from biomedical to computer to mechanical and beyond — the site features descriptions of professional paths for each, including profiles of real people at work in the field.
6. Zoom (PBS Kids) Including activities, games, and downloadable offline projects, it’s a show made “by kids, for kids” that encourages curiosity and ingenuity across a range of subjects.
7. CS Education Week’s “unplugged” programs No computer? No problem, at least once you’ve downloaded the lesson plan for My Robotic Friends or another “unplugged” activity. My Robotic Friends, as with other unplugged programs, teaches coding, debugging, and related concepts without actually using a computer, which could be handy for schools and homes working with tight budgets and outdated PCs.
8. Kinetic City Budding scientists of all stripes will get a kick out of Kinetic City’s collection of science projects, experiments, and educational games – including activities that pull the young scientist away from the screen.