These days many activities are going from in-person to virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As everyone makes the shift, some for the first time with virtual programs, there may be many questions about just what an online program can offer.

If you’re looking at online STEM programs for your child, you may be wondering how your child can benefit when it comes to social skills. You may be surprised at the answer.

Let’s take a look.

Collaboration

Learning how to work with other kids and respect their ideas is a social skill that kids and adults need to learn. During online STEM programs, kids learn how to work with their peers virtually and share ideas. They learn how to respect ideas even when they may not agree that they’re the best ones out there.

Kids can take this valuable skill and apply it to all parts of their lives. They can also use and build upon this as they get older. Learning how to collaborate with others is a skill that never gets old.

Taking Turns

When you’re in an online setting there may be a tendency for everyone to talk at once since you can’t really read the room with everyone in different locations. But, kids soon learn that they need to take turns and wait for other people to finish speaking if they want to get their question answered or their idea heard. The skill of taking turns is another one that can go a long way in the classroom and life in general.

Respecting Other People’s Cultures

While you can come across people of all cultures during in-person programs, there is more of a chance of that happening during virtual programs. You can be anywhere in the world and log into a virtual program if you have the right equipment. During online STEM programs, there is a chance that kids can meet others from all parts of the world. They may get a glimpse into their culture and learn something about other parts of the world in the process.

Making New Friends

Just because you can’t see someone else in person doesn’t mean you can’t make new friends. Kids can still form bonds with other kids online. If they’re taking part in online STEM programs they already have something in common. Their love for STEM topics is one way they can start to get to know one another. Friendships can certainly form from there.

Online STEM Programs at MakerKids

MakerKids offers online STEM programs in the areas of robotics, coding, and Minecraft. Kids in grades 1-8 can take part in age-appropriate programs. They can learn the fundamentals of each area as well as build on the skills they already have. All classes have experienced mentors teaching with a ratio of 1:8 or better. This ensures that all participants receive the attention they need in a virtual setting.

For more information on MakerKids programs, call us at 1-844-MAKERKIDS or visit us online.