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As an engineering recruitment specialist, Matchtech has a part to play in helping the industry build the future pipeline of talent it so desperately needs and that’s why it’s important to us to promote engineering as a career to young people.

With disruptions to education caused by the coronavirus pandemic and an increase in home-learning for children around the world, we wanted to help provide parents and their children with a handy compilation of some of the best online learning resources designed to develop critical STEM skills.

Take a look below for ideas on how to keep young minds inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

1) Learn with Lego

Lego’s Let’s Build Together campaign is all about getting families playing together and encouraging creativity through play. Lego’s website and social media channels are full of inspiration for play: for example, how about building your own Lego maze and seeing if you can get a small rolling object through it? Once complete, rebuild to make a more challenging maze!

Here are some other links worth checking out:

Search #LetsBuildTogether for play inspiration and daily building challenges.

2) Get inspired by the IET

The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s education centre offers a wide range of resources and activities for those teaching STEM to young people aged 4-19 years, all suitable for home learning.

Download resource packs for different ages and abilities and find a range of activities to enjoy with your children like designing a shadow puppet show, setting up a treasure hunt or learning how to decode and encode communications.

3) Navigate the universe of science and maths with NASA

Visit NASA’s website to find crafting ideas, videos to watch as a family and exciting science experiments with household objects; from making a quick and easy straw rocket to creating a Mars helicopter from paper and decoding secret messages with maths, logic and problem-solving.

Or for the more artistic children, try out these colouring books.

4) ‘Starters for STEM’

Starters for STEM are 10 fun activities parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. Easy to resource with household objects like paper, chalk and fruit, the activities provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.

From a ‘Build a Body’ game teaching children about the skeletal-muscular system to challenging children to imagine a world without plastic, these Starters for STEM learning resources will get kids thinking and keep them busy!

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