Critical thinking skills have become a top priority over recent years. Educators and employers are well aware of the importance of being able to really think, rather than just memorizing knowledge and procedures. The Next Generation Science Standards recognize this, and schools are switching direction to better meet students’ needs and prepare them for their future.

STEM education, an approach that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math to tackle real-world problems through hands-on activities, has been shown to have great benefits for children’s development. A key part of this is its role in developing critical thinking skills.

What exactly is critical thinking? It involves looking deeper, and not just accepting information at face value. It requires independence of thought, consideration of alternative viewpoints, and creativity. In Bloom’s taxonomy, it corresponds to the higher order thinking skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. A critical thinker will ask questions, make connections, and find new ways to apply their understanding.

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