There’s a reason we say our Brackitz toys are for ages 3-103, it’s because age shouldn’t be an obstacle when it comes to creativity. We often associate construction play with children, but there’s no reason Brackitz toys can’t grow with your children to provide lifelong learning. In fact, many scientists argue keeping teens interested in STEM fields is important if we hope to have a society of scientists and engineers.
A recent study in Parenting Science claims first graders who engage in STEM activities like construction building on a daily basis have significantly higher mathematical abilities, spatial reasoning, and motor control than those who don’t. The author claims teens and adolescents also benefit from construction building. Children ages 8-14 who actively participate in block play and building exercises are shown to have superior performance in mathematics, science, and spatial skills.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is just one public advocate of how important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are for young children, but also preteens and teens. Bill Nye states that STEM exercises need to be included “every day in every grade. It’s as important a topic as reading and writing and arithmetic. If you want innovation, if you want to have the engineers of tomorrow, you have to have science.” Bill Nye also advocated for gender equality in STEM fields, claiming “Half the humans are girls and women, so we want half the engineers and scientists to be girls and women.”
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