Why Connect STEM Learning to Families?

Family learning can set the stage for a host of benefits, including opportunities for social skill building, relationship building, knowledge sharing, and much more!

  • Relevance & Cultural responsiveness - Family connections allow youth to draw connections between NASA engineering and the engineering in their daily lives and communities. This allows youth to bring their own knowledge to the activities and enter into or ground the learning in ways that the educator cannot.
  • Belonging - Learning of ways their own cultures and families have used engineering principles throughout time to solve problems creates a sense of belonging in STEM.
  • Family Time & Relationship building - Families are busy! But these short discussion prompts provide easy ways for families to interact, communicate and share stories with one another. This helps to strengthen relationships and deepen understanding.
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This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC53A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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