Self-guided learning is a valuable skill at any time – and being a self-learner is a trait that employers everywhere look for. And now it’s also the new norm as COVID-19 means we all need to get used to working and studying from home (with sometimes hilarious results).
So why not use this weird time to teach yourself some awesome new skills, kick some study or career goals… and maybe even win prizes?
Here are 5 STEM activities you can start at home today:
1. Play games (no really!)
Maths games that is! Playing is a great way to learn, and making learning fun is pretty important when there’s no teacher standing by to keep you on task.
Check out our list of 5 cool maths games that are so fun you won’t even realise you’re learning.
2. Scroll socials (yes, seriously!)
Step away from the cat videos, we’re talking social feeds that are actually good for your brain.
Start with this list of 5 STEM-themed TikTok accounts (including us!).
You could also hit up YouTube to help finish your homework – it’s packed with educational content, including of course a front-row seat in the classroom of one of Australia’s best maths teachers, over at WooTube. Who needs IRL lessons anyway?
3. Teach yourself to code
If you needed any more convincing that tech skills are the future – consider our new reliance on digital connections for literally everything right now.
There are heaps of online tools to teach yourself to code. Complete beginner? Head to scratch.mit.edu, a simple block coding program to teach you the basics. Or there’s Grasshopper.codes, a coding app for beginners, and you’ll find hundreds of hours of coding activities over at code.org/learn.
4. Write an award-winning science essay
If there’s one thing the world needs right now it’s bright ideas! The theme for the 2020 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is ‘The Big Ideas Saving The Planet’. If you reckon you can come up with 800 words in response to that topic, then it’s time to start typing!
The science writing competition is open to all Australian students in years 7-10, with awesome prizes up for grabs, plus the chance to have your essay published in an actual book alongside some of Australia’s best science writers. Find out more here.
5. Go to Google school
Want to learn digital skills, courtesy of Google? Check out Google’s Applied Digital Skills Program, a series of free videos where you can learn all about digital programs and skills to help you navigate the online world, covering topics from data analysis to research and communication.
Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.