How Is STEM Different from Science?

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There’s been a lot of buzz about STEM in the last few years. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM toys and camps have become increasingly popular with young people, and many parents are looking for ways to encourage their children to explore STEM. But, sadly, it’s hard to find STEM resources that affirm the truth of God’s Word and point kids toward the Creator. That’s why we’re thrilled about a unique creation apologetics STEM camp, Camp Infinity, held here in Northern Kentucky.

Camp Infinity (Ci) was started by an AiG board member, Dan Wooster, who has a passion for STEM and for seeing young people think with a biblical worldview in all areas. I recently met with Dan here at the Creation Museum to discuss his camp and to ask him to explain the difference between science and STEM. You can watch that fascinating interview here:

On his blog, Dan explains the importance of encouraging kids in STEM:

  1. Occupations in STEM-related fields are expected to grow a whopping 70% faster than other occupations. As technology advances and jobs progressively become automated, STEM skills will become increasingly vital in the workplace, and those people who possess STEM skills and knowledge will become increasingly valuable to employers.

  2. Many kids have a natural interest in all things STEM—after all, God’s creation is fascinating, and learning how it works is an exciting process. But if they aren’t encouraged in this direction or given resources and challenged to continue learning and studying, many will lose interest and drift into something else. We must encourage young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by building off kids’ natural curiosity and love of discovery.

  3. Our world is full of challenges. How should we provide energy to a growing population? How do we feed and provide clean water for 7 billion—and growing!—people? Is there a cure for cancer and other diseases that ail us? How can we keep our oceans clean and free from human-created debris? All of these questions (and so many more) will find their solutions in STEM innovation and research. As new challenges arise, humans innovate and discover new ways to solve these problems using our God-given intellect and, often, by looking at his creation. But we need young people with a passion for STEM (and a passion for the Creator!) to adequately solve these problems.

Here at Answers in Genesis we love science—and we love encouraging young people to pursue science—so a STEM camp that brings these disciplines together to solve problems is a natural fit. We’re excited to come alongside Camp Infinity and have them host their camps here at the Creation Museum.

If you have an academically inclined child who is curious and loves to solve problems, I highly recommend Camp Infinity. Not only will children enjoy hands-on STEM activities, but they will also be developing a biblical worldview and growing in their knowledge of God’s Word. You can learn more about Ci, view the upcoming camp dates, and apply today at CampInfinity.com. Be sure to take advantage of summer camp early bird discounts that end January 31.

And you’ll want to watch the CreationMuseum.org website for the phenomenal variety of workshops we offer here to students of all ages. These workshops are very popular, and you’ll want to make sure you fit one or two (or more!) into your visit.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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