CEOs, including Logitech's Bracken Darrell, Aetna's Mark Bertolini, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, and Intel co-founder Andy Grove have emphasized how important language literacy is to a STEM education. Consider our new game Creative Connections – STEM Edition. In this unique, stimulating game, children are encouraged to create connections between two or more STEM topics. This is easier said than done, because children typically wait patiently for the teacher or parent to provide the answer when they take too long to respond. We believe that our children are a generation of spoon-fed learners. They need to be innovators and take charge of their education.
The literacy support to the STEM topics in Creative Connections – STEM Edition, appears in the second round of this card game. That’s when players must use the connections they have created in the first round to develop a fable in the second round. Again, this is easier said than done because kids generally don’t see further than the primary function of an object. They also generally see that item as the subject of the sentence. The game also challenges the young player to use a simile or a metaphor in addition to the “creative connection” and they fail to see the “connection.”
According to one mother of a nine-year-old, “Creative Connections – STEM Edition challenged my son to go beyond the obvious to devise unusual connections between two common objects.” Her son agreed. He said, “This cool game made me think! Can we play it again?” Music to a mother’s ears!
So, how do you teach children to THINK?
Trigger the creative thought processes with a minimum of information
Harness the natural curiosity of kids with incentives to consider natural connections
Ignite their interest with a fun, challenging game or motivation
Nourish their love of STEM, language literacy, and character education with food for thought
Kindle the ability to think by offering a minimum of answers to their questions
When teachers and parents use the THINK process, they will produce children who are better able to solve problems, both intellectual and emotions. They will produce children who are achievers and leaders rather than blind followers. And they will produce children who will be strong, active members of their school and community.
Are you ready to help you child THINK? Then order Creative Connections – STEM Edition or Creative Connections - Picture Edition for nonreaders of all ages.