You could see the excitement as the boys in Cub Scouts Pack 16 entered Dutch Kitchen Bakery and gazed into the display case loaded with all kinds of delectable treats. They were soon whisked downstairs to the decorating room, where on the tables were all the fixings for gingerbread houses. Each boy had the chance to create their own masterpiece. They didn't know that even this activity had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) connection. Building a gingerbread house could be their first exposure to civil engineering which includes the design and building of structures. As they decorated, they worked through creating patterns in their designs. While they toured the bakery, they used math to calculate how many cakes could be baked at a time in all those ovens. They guessed 9 cakes per oven and multiplied it by the 12 ovens to come up with 108 cakes. They learned that recipes are formulas of ingredients and the weighted scales are for measurements. All the boys knew is they were having fun, as a mom it made me realize how many opportunities are around us which expand STEM learning.
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys who have benefited from some amazing STEM opportunities!