STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.
It shows kids of all ages that yes you can be an engineer, a coder, or even an astronaut. It’s about showing kids that the universe is out there and you can do anything and be anything you want. Most importantly, it’s about letting kids use their imagination. My son has asked, “Mom will I really need Alegebra?” and I say, “YES! You want to be a Dr. you have to stick with STEM.” Same thing goes with Isabella. I focus with her more to not see labels. That there are no jobs for women or jobs for men. Personally, I think that parents need to reinforce this with all of their children. We focus so much on the little things and we all want the best for our kiddos. They way to see that through is by both being a guide and also letting them figure things out and use their imagination. That’s where shows like Miles From Tomorrowland comes in.
About The Show
Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland” is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids’ natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.
The best thing about this show? They use actual coding, actual science, actual experts to make everything believable. Which as a parent makes me extremely happy. We need shows like this that are whimsical and fun, but rooted in education. All my nieces and nephews watch it after I saw the first few episodes.
During the panel we chatted with Isis Anchalee the woman behind the hashtag: #ILookLikeAnEngineer That in itself is a fascinating story and just goes to show what perception there is still that an engineer should like like a sort of person. After the panel I trolled the hashtag and was inspired by the diversity. Alos on the panel was Dr. Yvonne Cable. This woman is an inspiration to everyone. Just sitting down at a table and chatting with her for a few moments kinda blew my mind. She is so smart about a number of things and is an American NASA astronaut in the the Astronaut class of 1996. Dr. Cagle has worked with NASA to develop ways to keep astronauts healthy during space travel and in her spare time she helps by being a consultant to the show. Both of them are passionate about the show and the role of Loretta the tech savvy big sister.
So Tune in! Let your kiddo be entertained while their imagination soars and they actually learn stuff from the show!
***Disclosure: I was able to view the first two episodes for review. All opinions are 100% mine. ***