If you’re out to raise the next generation of great thinkers, problem solvers and innovators, so-called “STEM” toys — a genre of toys and games that has risen in popularity over the past several years — might just provide the foundation to do so.

STEM is an academic discipline that groups together science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to Andrew B. Raupp, executive director for STEM.org, a privately held educational research organization, it’s most beneficial to introduce some of these elements to kids as early as possible.

“Implementing STEM approaches in early education not only can help students perform better on standardized tests and in careers, but an early start in STEM can also have additional benefits that may help reduce inequities in the workforce later on,” Raupp told HuffPost.

It’s not just children who should be involved STEM-based play, Raupp said. He’s a proponent of lifelong learning

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December is full of exciting events and holidaysfrom Christmas and Hanukkah to Computer Education Week and International Mountain Daythat highlight our phenomenal world! Invite your students to see just how phenomenal it truly is through these engaging and timely learning resources.

Albert Whitman & Co Stories

Grades K-5

When Albert Whitman was founded more than a century ago, their goal was simple: make good books that kids want to read. Today, they continue this tradition, guided by a deeper mission to create stories that also educate and empower children. Together, we can help children become global citizens, ones who seek to understand themselves and the world around them. Our latest additions to this collection include holiday stories:

DEmystified

Grades K-12

In this DE Original Series, join

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