STEM And Its Importance In Education

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The recent buzz word in education is STEM- An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on the way these four disciplines can be integrated in the education for an overall understanding of the subjects.

When we talk about a concept, what would be a better way to teach them to children and young adults to make it more comprehensible and easy to understand? Is just a traditional classroom teaching enough? Is making it more practical and inclusion of two or more fields to understand the concept will be a better path? If they experience it along with learning, would that be more effective?  Well, it would and that is the basic premise of STEM education.

In STEM education subject that are usually taught separately will be taught together to make the children understand their applicability in real life situation. It stresses on finding solutions through projects that require children to use the concepts of all the four streams to deal with problem in hand.

 STEM is not only for children who are in K-12, but its applicability can be seen as early as in preschools. Hence, STEM education does have a lot of qualities that are beneficial for today’s education system:

Approach

It is not only about learning numbers, formulas, definitions anymore, it’s more about learning about the world. STEM makes kids concentrate more on ‘HOW’ instead of ‘Why’ and ‘What’.  It encourages them to analyze and think critically to develop their own unique approach toward the world.

Strong Base

STEM’s aim is not to make everyone a scientist. It intends to provide a solid foundation basis which they can make decisions for their future. It allows them to be able to handle changing developments in the field of technology and science that are becoming vital part of our professional and personal life. When we talk about technology familiarity, it’s not just being able to use social media but it’s about using computers in its true sense.

Confidence Building

when a person successfully finds a solution to a problem, he/she experiences tremendous sense of accomplishment and leads to increase in self confidence. STEM education works in that direction with its principle of using all the four subjects in solving a problem.

Innovation 

Learning and innovation are like two sides of a coin. When there is more practical learning there would be more chances of innovative outcomes. STEM education inculcates the habit of finding innovative solutions to the problem at hand. Children learn basic concepts through fun and engaging ways through STEM education.

Problem solving

We require Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our curriculum and in our lives as they are the basis of all other innovations in the fields of agriculture, robotics, medicines and even space programs. STEM education uses projects that would be inexpensive, can be done with minimal things and genuinely create desire to learn amongst kids. Through STEM education children automatically develop the ability to solve problems.

STEM education is still in its beginning phase. With more concentration on practical learning and desire to make our kids learn effectively, proactively and thoroughly STEM education can be the next level of teaching experience.

Author: Rupali Tripathi

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