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Online STEM Courses To Boost Your Child’s Learning

Is your child obsessed about how computer games work? Would you like to encourage your child to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics? Do you know how you can continue to support your kid’s curiosity in these subjects?

Then read on and find out how your child can still discover and enjoy these topics through online STEM camps for kids. There are online courses that will support your child’s learning, especially when children are not yet allowed to go to school because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Online STEM Education

With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in place brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, children, the elderly, and other individuals with higher health risks are confined at home. This is meant to not only to protect them from catching the virus but also to help flatten the curve.

Some people resort to doing all sorts of things at home while away the time. They partake in online challenges, binge-watch shows on TV, rediscover old hobbies, or find new interests. While some try to be productive with all the spare time this pandemic has brought on, there are some that fall into the trap of being couch potatoes or getting glued to their gadgets.

To avoid falling into the pit of an unhealthy and sedentary life, it is recommended that people should engage in activities that will keep their mind, body, and spirit healthy. One of the ways that you can help your child cope with the COVID-19 situation is by stimulating their mind.

Online courses can help with your concern and keep your child’s mind active. Enrolling your child in online classes or letting him or her join academic camps can be a fantastic way to develop the mind.

Group classes or camps can also be a form of social interaction, albeit virtually. These online courses on STEM subjects can also form the foundation for data science or data engineering courses that your child might want to pursue in the future.

Feed your child’s mind and nourish their mental development through STEM courses such as the following:

1. Arduino Course

Arduino is a flexible and user-friendly open-source electronics prototyping platform. Kids who are interested in design, electronics, or creating interactive environments and objects will surely find this course fascinating.

Ideally, for children ages eight to 13 years old, this 10 or 20-hour course can help them enhance their skills in interactive electronics. They can use the C++ programming language to create their own version of an Arduino machine. It can receive input from a variety of sensors and can be used to control motors, light, or other actuators.

2. Game Development Course

Is your child riveted with computer or online games? Why not direct their fascination with games by enrolling him or her in a game development course. This way, your child can develop their own game and learn how STEM subjects are used in real-life applications.

With the guidance of expert online instructors, your child will know the basics of the game development cycle. Through this 10 or 20-hour course, children between the ages of eight and thirteen will conduct a series of guided projects that will allow them to discover their capabilities in creating their own games.

3. Mobile Application Development

Capitalize on your kids’ enchantment with their mobile phones and gadgets and enroll them in a mobile application development course.

Through this course, nine to 15-year-old kids will uncover the core concepts of the mobile app development cycle. Online mobile app development specialists and teachers will guide them to create full-fledged applications that may be installed on both Android oriOS devices.

This course will teach children to devise numerous applications by integrating various components. The hours they spend on this course will also allow them to work toward solving real-world challenges using mobile application technology.

4. Python Courses

If your child is into programming, then introduce him or her to Python, an easy-to-read open source programming language that is best for beginners. In the Python course, your child will be exposed to a universal programming language that is often used in desktop GUIs, game programming, network programming, scientific programming, and web development.

Python is used in applications such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Data Visualization, and Machine Learning. There are two courses that children can enroll in. Kids aged 12 to 16 can participate in the Python Level 1 class that covers algorithms, logic, and syntax, among others.

Fourteen to 17-year-olds can join the Python Level 2 classes where they will be taught the basics of Python GUI and file handling. They will also be asked to create projects such as a database management system or a computer application where they can apply the concepts they learned.

4. Scratch Coding Course

If your child is interested in creating animations, games, stories, and the like, then you can enroll him or her in a Scratch Coding course.

Using a block-based visual coding platform targeted for children aged six to ten years old, the Scratch course will allow them to understand programming logic that involves conditional statements, creative project development, design thinking, and loops.

Making Good Use of Time

Online learning can be an amazing solution to making good use of your child’s free time. Aside from resting, playing, and other entertaining activities, enrolling in an online course will help in keeping their mind active and always open to learning.

AUTHOR BIO

MaloyBurman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa and building solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.



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