Not all children are made for academics. Many children hate the idea of going to school, sitting down for hours on end and studying. Especially if the subject they’re learning doesn’t seem interesting enough for them. Gone are the days when we were just told that we had no choice but to go to school and we had to study whatever our parents told us to. Children nowadays have choices, and voices and boy, do they use them!
Technology has given children the power to find information from sources other than school, which may sometimes not be beneficial for them. But they look for information that excites them. How then can we make them study important subjects and make it their decision to do so?
The STEM Method
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. STEM subjects are taught with very different techniques than what older generations may have been used to. Wrote learning, memorizing, chalkboards and even pens and pencils have been replaced. STEM uses activity based and hands-on learning to get students excited about their studies. STEM teaching methods also lets children become autonomous learning. Learning on their own by connecting concepts and realizing that one theory may also be tweaked to understand another. They learn through applying these theories to real world situations and thus are able to make sense of concepts in a broader way, rather than just a statement on a textbook.
STEM also teaches children to learn through collaboration. Discussions between peers and teachers makes learning interesting and fun as children come together and problem solve, analyse complex problems critically and give each other feedback in order for everyone to grow together.
Intelligence and analytical skills, when used to solve problems, is praiseworthy. Even though answers may be incorrect, a student’s effort in trying to figure out their own answer, rather than just regurgitating something that was memorized, is highly valued.
Studies have actually proven that if someone is unsure of a reward, dopamine levels actually increase, and learning becomes more engaging. Delayed and reflective answers, rather than quick straight-off-the-bat answers, allow children to think about the theories and the “whys” of the answer, rather than just knowing that it is correct.
STEMmates employs similar methods in teaching. We get fussy learners excited about subjects such as Math and Science by introducing them in unconventional ways.
Our Robotics and Mechanics courses teach children to think about Science by exposing them to concepts like machinery, circuits and how to make little pieces of metal move. Our Forensics course allows children to learn about DNA, blood and fingerprint analysis.
STEMmates courses leave children wanting to learn more. If you have fussy learners, make sure to get them interested at a young age. Find out how through our Facebook and website pages today!