With the summer holidays upon us, The Year of Engineering is keeping up its 12 month campaign of activity, making sure young people have STEM front of mind even when school is out.
We know holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but there’s no reason why they can’t be a fun learning opportunity too. Immersing young people in different activities that involve play and discovery is a great way to develop inquisitive minds and keep them active throughout the six week break.
What could this look like? Take The Holiday Makers for example. The Year of Engineering’s Holiday Makers is encouraging young people to take part in a series of weekly inspiring challenges, events and activities to help them learn more about engineering and the opportunities it can bring.
The resources are primarily targeted at parents and guardians, as it’s no surprise that keeping children occupied during the long summer holiday can be challenging! Particularly finding fun activities to do that don’t break the bank.
All The Holiday Maker’s activities are free to download and provide families with a range of fun and exciting things to do together. This is particularly key when you think that parental/guardian involvement is proven to have a significant impact on pupil achievement throughout their years of schooling¹.
So, if you’re a parent, grandparent, auntie, uncle, cousin or other guardian, check out The Holiday Makers and discover ways to keep your children active and learning this summer.
¹ Desforges, C (2003) The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and Adjustment. DfES Research Report 433.