Learning is a daily occurrence – it can happen sometimes without us even knowing it. Spare a thought however, about some of the things that we learn by ‘doing’ rather than by ‘reading’.
Learning is a natural thing. Think about how we learned to walk, for example. We weren't given textbooks on how to put one foot in front of the other. The same goes with learning to ride a bike or learning to use a fork and spoon. Now, think about things like grammar. Countless hours spent hunched over English books, trying to absorb as much information as possible on vocabulary, differentiating between auxiliary verbs and modal verbs.
Now let’s see which one is easier to remember: how to cut up food and put it in our mouths; or how to describe verb patterns.
Learning by ‘doing’ allows us to retain what is being learned for longer. It might seem strange to think about how mankind has moved so far away from ‘activity-based learning’ and placed so much emphasis instead on ‘textbook learning.’
STEMmates is focusing on bringing the ‘doing’ back onto the learning agenda.
Learning through STEMmates
STEMmates’ courses focus on real-world issues and situations through the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Our interactive courses expose students to actual problems. By encouraging the use of powers of deduction, as well as conducting active investigations to find solutions to problems, students can retain knowledge since it is immediately applied to real-life situations.
Students can engineer their own design processes to create prototype answers and test them to see if the solution is viable. In doing this, they can prove to themselves that answers are correct, rather than simply accepting methods that have been written in a book.
Hands-on inquiries and open-ended exploration are methods that students use to collaborate and share their ideas about their investigations. Students work together through productive teamwork and cooperation. By sharing solutions to problems, students eventually develop an enhanced memory of what is being learned.
STEMmates’ lessons encourage students to try by showcasing any doubt or mistake as a necessary part of learning. We believe that students who are no longer inhibited by the barrier of failure are able to position themselves to redesign ideas and discover solutions, instead of feeling disheartened when things don’t go the way they hoped.
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