Home / Young Engineers Sydney East / Benefits Of STEM Education

Benefits Of STEM Education

What is STEM? STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context. It may include inquiry and project-based learning.

A vibrant capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to increasing our nation’s productivity.

Source: www.stem-nsw.com.au (NSW Dep. of Education)

 

How we are Involved? At Young Engineers, we teach children STEM basics using LEGO® bricks, to make the discipline that most kids usually tend to shy away from, because  they are perceived to be difficult, more fun.

We believe in teaching kids about STEM at an early age because it is during this stage that they are most curious about their surroundings.

As Carson Ryan the CEO of TreeHill, a tech skills education platform said “By creating a fun, hands-on, educational technology experience at an early age, it’s easier to spur curiosity among young minds.”

STEM is widely popular in the United States. The demand of STEM education is growing rapidly in Australia.

 

Fosters Innovation

Every parent takes pride in a gifted child, be it in music, painting, martial arts etc. STEM education offers a platform to transform a new idea into an invention that might end up being a ground breaking innovation in the world of science.

Your child’s knack for knocking metal into shape and using old batteries to create a potato charger if encouraged and with the right education could in future, be one of the leading discoveries in the world.

Fosters Creativity

STEM just like it is a science it is also an art in the form of drawing. Architecture and engineering are sciences but designing buildings and bridges is an art.

This can be realized through your child’s playtime with LEGO bricks when he builds different structures. He can slowly develop an interest in designing buildings, air-crafts and roads.

 


Principles of learning and integrating STEM education pedagogy

Students’ prior knowledge – if this knowledge is robust and accurate it provides a strong foundation for building new knowledge. STEM education provides students with opportunities to activate and build on prior knowledge.

How students organise information influences how they learn and apply new knowledge – when students make connections between pieces of knowledge they are better able to retrieve and apply new knowledge. STEM education provides students with opportunities to organise and connect knowledge for retrieval/use.

Students’ motivation determines, directs and sustains what they learn – students gain greater autonomy over what, when and how they learn. Motivation plays a critical role in guiding the quality of learning that will take place. STEM education generates a high level of interest and motivation.

To develop fluency and automaticity, students must acquire component skills, practise integrating them and know when to apply what they have learned – students learn skills and knowledge necessary to perform complex tasks, integrating them to develop fluency. STEM immerses students in the application and integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Goal-directed practice combined with effective feedback enhances quality of learning – STEM provides students with a specific design challenge and ongoing feedback from peers, teachers and self evaluations of their solutions.

To become self-directed learners, students must learn to monitor and adjust their approaches to learning – STEM engages students in a group design activity that encourages them to take responsibility for their planning, self-assessing, monitoring and reflection.

Source: www.stem-nsw.com.au (NSW Dep. of Education)


 

 

Makes them more knowledgeable

Science is everywhere; technology takes up almost every aspect of our lives. Paying school fees via mobile transaction is technology; a toy car that needs batteries to work is science. Even flying a kite is science!

Our children’s understanding of how science and technology works in their lives at a young age makes them smarter. It increase their science literacy and critical-thinking skills.

We all love little geniuses.

Help your child build his future today by enrolling him for STEM lessons at Young Engineers.