The traditionally "feminine" arts really are a crash course in #STEM education. Want to teach kids STEM concepts? Teach them to make things and keep house.
Want to teach someone how binary works at the machine level? Teach them to weave. The first computers, after all, were punch card jacquard looms.
Want to teach someone geometry and spatial reasoning? Teach them to sew. Teach them to quilt and teach them to draft patterns. So much advanced math there that there are even specialized "quilting calculators" designed to assist with it.
Want to teach chemistry? Teach them to cook and bake. Especially with cases where you have to substitute ingredients, such as for allergies or supply problems. This forces you to think about "what is this thing's function in this dish, and what else might do that function?"
Likewise, chemistry can be taught in the laundry room or other cleaning scenarios, including lab safety. How to dilute solutions, which things react with others etc. You think about stains in terms of acids/bases, tannins, proteins, etc.
Chemistry is also taught by teaching the art of dyes. Mordants? Fixatives? Why can't you let indigo be exposed to air? What does heat do? Why does cotton dye differently from polyester? Etc.
Biology in the care of pets and gardens of course. Along with climate and geography and geology in planning the garden.
This thread brought to you by me using all the skills my stay-at-home mom taught me to make things and realizing I do a lot more math when I'm being domestic than when I'm being the professional academic my engineer father raised me to be.
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