Imagine learning to ride a bicycle by watching a YouTube video or learning to swim by reading a textbook. Concepts are sometimes difficult to grasp until we are able to put them into practice and try them out for ourselves. This goes as well for concepts and theories taught in the classroom. Quite often, we are unable to understand something unless we can see for ourselves what they really are. In the classroom, it is easy to teach children through books, whiteboards and PowerPoint slides, but very rarely, do they really comprehend what is being taught until they go home and do their homework. Countless numbers of exercises, tests and exams and practice are the only way to get learners to truly grasp what they are learning, through applying their new knowledge.
Activity-based learning and learning through hands-on projects are ways to teach children so they understand better and also to make learning more exciting for them. Learning by “doing” ensures that the learner is able to practice what they learn, allowing them to retain information more efficiently. Studies such as this one have shown the increased retention of information in students when they learn through hands-on methods.
Keep children entertained
The experimentation and exploration that comes with activity-based learning also provides a learner with a more sensory experience, therefore making learning more impactful. Combining visual, listening and doing as tools in learning makes it much more enjoyable for the learner. Activity based learning ensures that students are captivated in class and eager to come back for more. Compared to the way classes were taught in the past, with textbooks and wrote learning, activity-based learning is a way to make sure that children stay in school.
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. STEMmates teaches these complex subjects to learners as young as seven years old, using activity-based learning and hands on activities. Our courses are designed to keep learners interested and excited for more. Through these activities, they also learn soft skills, such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork and all the while, developing an analytical mindset. Our school holiday program teaches children subjects such as Rocketry, Mechanics and Aerodynamics. Children apply what they learn in the classroom and therefore are able to grasp difficult topics like these, usually taught at a much higher level. We have designed courses to engage all five senses, as children can build rockets and design robots, in order to understand engineering and science techniques. Get your child involved today through our Facebook and website pages.