Activity-based learning is key for the acquisition of knowledge and STEM skills
As well as increasing focus on STEM subjects, the Australian government’s latest education strategy aims to equip students with cross-disciplinary skills that will help them thrive in modern job occupations.
Being able to think critically, problem solve and innovate are cornerstones of the modern job market. Australia’s STEM education strategy will therefore see the introduction of various learning techniques to help our children develop these skills.
Considering this renewed focus on STEM, STEMmates aims to provide kids with a forum for STEM learning outside the school environment.
At STEMmates, we recognise the importance of activity-based learning as an essential learning technique for the acquisition of knowledge and STEM skills. This learning method will therefore play an important role in our upcoming interactive learning courses.
What’s activity-based learning?
Activity-based learning is the process of learning by doing. As opposed to asking kids to simply listen and take notes, activity-based learning encourages students to actively participate in their own learning experience through practical activities such as problem-solving and independent investigation.
By encouraging kids to explore, experiment and learn independently through activity-based techniques, STEMmates seeks to equip children with skills in problem-solving, critical analysis and creativity.
We offer interactive learning forums based around:
- Exploration – gathering knowledge and acquiring skills through active investigation.
- Experimentation – gathering knowledge through experience.
- Expression – encouraging kids to express their views through presentation.
Why activity-based learning?
Besides encouraging kids to enjoy their learning experience, activity-based learning has many benefits, including:
- Helping students memorise information – By encouraging kids to get physically and mentally involved in the learning process, activity-based learning helps students learn and retain information. This process of gathering knowledge through personal experience (i.e. experimentation) is shown to help kids memorise and understand learning material.
- Encouraging kids to be independent and inquisitive – Activity-based learning focuses on independent investigation and analysis. By asking kids to work on their own and/or in small groups, this teaching method encourages students to be independently inquisitive, think critically, and learn from their own experience. This self-directed learning process in turn supports their acquisition of knowledge outside (as well as inside) the educational environment.
- Supporting social development – Whilst activity-based learning encourages kids to take responsibility for their own learning experience, group-based activity work also helps students develop teamwork and social skills. These skills will later prove essential to their work and social life.
- Emphasising the relevance of educational material – Kids don’t always understand the relevance of learning material when simply putting pen to paper. Activity-based learning, on the other hand, helps kids understand the ‘real-life’ relevance of learning material by encouraging them to explore and solve realistic problems and scenarios.
- Encouraging kids to express themselves in different ways – Activity-based learning encourages kids to be creative in the way they express their knowledge. This learning method provides students with the opportunity to express what they have learnt through the act of doing as well as through the act of verbal presentation.
STEMmates will be launching in May with a variety of activity-based learning courses. Through our interactive learning sessions, we seek to help kids build and develop fundamental STEM skills.
We want to give kids the best chance at success in their STEM education. This is why our classes are split into smaller groups of no more than twelve students.
Every STEMmates course will also focus on clear learning objectives to help make the STEM learning process a fun and straightforward experience for all involved. For more information about our upcoming launch, visit the STEMmates website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.