Adolescents are adept at using mobile phones and tablets, more so than people 20 years older than them. And parents are pacifying their babies and toddlers with applications on tablets and games on gaming consoles.
“Internet-use disorder” has been termed as a disease, with 5 sub-categories leading to this – one of them being addiction to online games.
How do we teach our children the essential values for them to survive in the real world? A world where if someone gets run over, they don’t get to buy life coins to come back to life. A world where being violent doesn’t count. A world where we need to save our animals and the environment because they matter to our – and the planet’s – survival.
Refocussing on the Core Fundamentals and Concepts
In 2013, the BBC wrote an article about children’s confusion about where their basic foods came from. Some thought that pasta and bread were made from meat and that potatoes grew on trees. Due to the agricultural system that we are a part of in Australia, we would like to think that our children are a little more knowledgeable than that, but, with all produce coming pre-packaged in supermarkets, it is only a matter of time before they too have no idea what a chicken looks like.
In recent years, education policies have focussed on STEM – the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Through the use of real life scenarios and hands on activities in classrooms, students are encouraged to apply and practice what they study in terms of core concepts and fundamentals, to come up with solutions for problems as they learn.
The main aim of a STEM-based education is to make learning more meaningful, exposing students to skills they would eventually use as adults.
STEMmates – promoting the understanding of fundamental STEM concepts and principles
STEMmates aims to play an active part in equipping Australians with necessary STEM skills and knowledge. Through our hands-on activity-based learning workshops, we make learning meaningful, to bring a focus back to the reality of the world that we live in.
Our programs are cantered on making students aware of the different careers available in their future and are taught at an early age how to work in teams, rather than solely individually behind a screen or phone. Technology is used as a tool rather than a way to keep children quiet or as a substitute for interaction with others.
Our oceanography course for example, looks at the natural world and how humans are impacting Earth systems and ecosystems, bringing the student’s thoughts back to their actions outside the video game world.
To find out more about our courses and how to keep your child entertained with beneficial, real world technology, visit our website or follow us on Facebook today.