STRATEGY GAMES Woman in STEM, Victoria Miller, shares that a child's interest in strategy games may be a good indicator of STEM aptitude. There are so many great strategy games available, including the perennial favorite, Battleship, which is also available in electronic form. Other favorites are top rated Sequence by JAX and winner of a 2016 Brain Child Award, Brain Freeze by Mighty Fun.
PUZZLES As described by Kelly Stevens (mathematician, working in the world of Quantum Computing), a child who is proud to solve puzzles might have an early aptitude for STEM. A great variety of Melissa & Doug puzzles can be found on any Best Sellers list!
COUNTING AND MATH GAMES Counting and math games can be so fun, Woman in STEM Lisa Dunleavy now works in the world of finance and money, and recalls how her love of math was fueled as a child, simply by the challenge of counting the seconds in a year! These best selling products from Skoolzy introduce math and counting skills in fun and colorful ways.
CRACK THE CODE FUN Activities that include identifying patterns, sequencing, and good old fashion ‘crack the code’ fun are marvelous activities that help kids build the critical thinking and analytical skills used in the world of math. Super-sleuth decoding toys like this one from Melissa & Doug are fun for all ages. Strategic games like Mastermind, or Mastermind for Kids for younger ages, are great. And this Little Treasures Code Breaker Game is a top rated "fast, fun intelligent 3D board game."
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