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THE BENEFITS OF STEM EDUCATION

Updated: Jun 2, 2020


STEM education refers to the integrated teaching and learning of the subject’s

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term refers to

educational concepts and curriculum in schools or education systems that focus

on these academic disciplines. It spread through every part of our lives.

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BREAK DOWN OF STEM


“Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions” -Benjamin Pierce

STEM education is usually presented through hands-on and relevant real-world

learning experiences. Its primary purpose is to educate children to approach

these disciplines holistically as opposed individually.

Science is the study of the nature, behaviour of natural things and the knowledge

that we obtain about them.


Technology is the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the

production of goods or services to improve human conditions.


Engineering is the designing and creating new products or systems by using

scientific methods.


Mathematics includes the study of topics like quantity, structure, space and change.




A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the children

learn and make both math and science fun, interesting and also helps children to

do much more than just learning. This method aimed at helping children develop

necessary transferable skills and across all subjects, through experimentation, trial

and error, and creativity.

Interdisciplinary Skills

The new approach to learning STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is an interdisciplinary method aimed at helping children develop necessary transferable skills and learning across all subjects, through experimentation, trial and error, and creativity.

STEM education can prepare children for the real world on the premise that the world is complex and messy. It encourages children to be with their work and behave in a disciplined manner.

Critical Thinking

STEM education requires children to systematically think through problems, applying the information they learn along the way about science, technology, engineering and mathematics to figure out the best solutions. Cross-curricular projects also engage different parts of children brains so that they are seeing the project through different points of view, focusing on details while also learning to step back and look at the bigger picture.

Soft Skills

STEM focuses not just on science, technology, engineering, and math, but also on the child’s entire learning process. And this includes the development of soft skills. Every STEM class is designed to allow children to communicate their thoughts, be creative, and explore new concepts in teams.

STEM education helps children become more independent with the application of technology and science, while also focusing on soft skills in teamwork and self-management.


Problem Solving

STEM projects give children a chance to problem-solve in unique ways because they’re forced to use a variety of methods to solve problems that pop up during these types of activities. They are encouraged to test their boundaries and capabilities at the same time. By experiencing trial and error, learning how to take risks, and figuring out how to really think outside the box, students let go of the orthodox approach of applying a known method or formula to solve a set of problems in a step-by-step way. With STEM, they are given an opportunity to test their creative abilities and push beyond socially set boundaries.


Sources:

https://medium.com/stempedia/important-life-skills-that-children-learn-from-stem-education-a56705cd0e89


https://www.idtech.com/blog/why-is-stem-important

https://www.engineeringforkids.com/about/news/2016/february/why-is-stem-education-so-important-/

https://www.mentalup.co/blog/what-is-stem-education



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