Parents to learn science + math = better than electronics

September 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill
GCU News Bureau

Looking for ways to engage your children in science, engineering and math at home, but don’t know how to begin?

Parents of preschoolers through eighth-graders can get a jump start on making these subjects fun at a series of Everyday STEM Workshops, starting Thursday, Oct. 8.

Everyday STEM workshops

  • Thursday, Oct. 8: parents of preschoolers through second-graders
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: parents of third- through fifth-graders
  • Thursday, Nov. 12: parents of sixth- through eighth-graders

Offered by Grand Canyon University’s Strategic Educational Alliances (SEA), the free, two-hour sessions are for parents who want to provide creative experiences at home. They are intended to provide an arsenal of stimulating alternatives to the cell phone and computer, said Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager.

“So many parents want their children to do things at home that are unplugged from TV and laptops, but they don’t know what to do and where to go,” Hughens said.

Parents will learn to engage their children in crafts, challenges and games, and help them have fun with boats and bubbles, parachutes and rocket launchers, zip lines and more.

“It’s all the things we used to do before there were laptops,” Hughens said.

The workshops run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Building 6, Room 207. They are divided by age group and can accommodate up to 50 parents. Child care will be available and light snacks served.

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