Freeschool and STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Want to be your child's favorite teacher this summer? You can while you're out adventuring together! In this series of articles, you'll use stealth tactics to teach STEM skills and have fun at the same time.

These articles were written by SDSU intern Matt Paulson to supplement what your child is learning in school. Why? The US educational system is currently struggling to teach Math and Science to younger children. We are being outpaced by many countries, including Norway, Finland, Estonia and Canada. President Obama wants 10,000 more students to graduate in STEM fields each year. In order to compete against these high-performing countries, your kids will need to learn outside the classroom as much as they can. Why not be your kids' favorite teacher?

Please read the 8 short articles before going on a hike together, and see which ones will work for you and your family's next outing. We have designed the curriculum around the STEM subjects. After completing this eight-lesson curriculum, your children should know how to operate a GPS receiver, use math for estimations and even an algebra lesson, and identify which ecosystem they're visiting. All of this with a smile on their faces, and without realizing they're learning. We hope you and yours will have a great day together – from our family to yours!

When you get back, please answer this short survey so that we can make our curriculum even better. We want to make sure that our instructions are clear, fun, and informative!

* 1. On a scale from 1 to 5, how easy were the instructions to follow?

* 2. On a scale from 1 to 5, how much fun did your child appear to have?

* 3. On a scale from 1 to 5, how interested in the lessons was your child?

* 4. If you had any difficulties with any articles, which ones were they? What problems did you have?

* 5. Which articles were your child's favorite articles? Their least favorite?

* 6. At what email address would you like to be contacted for follow-up surveys?

* 7. Overall, how would you rate the five articles on a scale from 1-5?