“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” -Albert Einstein
STEM is an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. STEM-based education focuses on teaching these 4 subjects using a structured and distinctive approach, along with hands-on experiential activities. STEM integrates these disciplines into an interconnected learning pattern along with real-life applications.
This education stream creates critical-thinkers, problem-solvers, and next-generation innovators. India is one of the top producers of scientists and engineers. Due to this, the STEM education in India has seen tremendous growth in the last few years. STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations.
STEM focuses on teaching skills and subjects in a way that resembles real life. Through STEM education, students learn facts, and, along the way, a method of thinking that can be applied to solve real-world problems. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.STEM education experiences are made available in a variety of settings by schools and community organizations as a way of fostering a diverse STEM workforce.
STEM Space Activities for kids-
Here are some STEM Space activities:
- Planet Sun Catchers– Making this sun catcher is a great way to help preschoolers visualize the planets and our solar system on a smaller scale.
- Make gooey space slime.
- Does the Moon Rotate? Students create 3D models of the earth and the moon to see how they move in relation to each other.
- Moon Sand Writing Tray – This writing tray allows children to explore concepts about the moon.
- Space Visual Discrimination Game – This Space Game will help children practice visual discrimination skills.
- Alka-Seltzer Rocket- The lesson will allow students to explore the concepts of design and chemical reactions.
- Planets in a Bottle– Students can make the simple planets in a bottle to explore the solar system.
- Make a Telescope– Students can recycle the paper towel and toilet paper tubes and then paint them to make a DIY telescope.
- Launch a rocket from a spinning planet experiment.
- Sandpaper Sun– Use sandpaper and paint to create a sensory sun for the students to enjoy.
Importance of STEM Education-
- Innovation boosts the economy:
With the tech-boom currently, there’s a new gadget out every few hours and it’s hard to keep up with the trends. However, these trends help boost the economy and create jobs.
- To become better problem solvers:
Students are able to see solutions in both conventional and innovative ways.They can transfer learning to several subjects and contexts.
- Bridging the gender gap:
The gender gap between the workforces in the largest tech companies only gets bigger as you move up the ladder towards leadership roles. However, this gap will slowly start to reduce as more STEM education opportunities are made available to girls around the world.
- Talent pool:
It is important for companies to have top talent to stay on top of the competition in their industries. Companies are now investing in STEM education programs all over the globe in hopes that they will be able to nurture the next generation of innovators.
STEM education is a complicated social phenomenon.Research on STEM education is multidisciplinary, but there is little integration across the many disciplinary streams of research on STEM education.
References- The HINDU
Written by – Avantika Pandey
Edited by- Shweta Mittal