Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
In recent years, there has been an uptick in public policy and opinion that learning institutions, the government, and caretakers need to step up efforts to engage even the youngest of children in these fields early and often. This is in part to provide more career options for young people, as well as ensure the US remains competitive with countries abroad and that US companies have a talented pool of future employees to choose from at home.
You can do your part to imbue a fascination with STEM topics in kids by taking them to places that pique this interest. Here are 10 places parents can visit with their kids to make STEM learning fun and interesting at any age.
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Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera, creating the lake -- a deep blue that goes to depths of nearly 2,000 feet. It is the deepest lake in the US and in the top 10 deepest in the world. Children and adults will be impressed by the lakeís stunning natural beauty, with 2,000-ft cliffs that rise around water that is believed to be the purest in the world. A visit there can be used as a geology lesson in how the lake formed and continues to maintain some volcanic activity along its floor.
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Elizabeth Montalbano is a freelance writer who has written about technology and culture for more than 15 years. She has lived and worked as a professional journalist in Phoenix, San Francisco, and New York City. In her free time she enjoys surfing, traveling, music, yoga, and cooking. She currently resides in a village on the southwest coast of Portugal.