These days, with the variety of ways children can find information, it is not uncommon to hear how the internet has become a primary source for their information. There is now a huge amount of information available online, from websites to blogs, to forums and even social media. With such a huge realm of knowledge that is readily available to them, how then, can we make school and the classrooms as enticing to this data-hungry generation and keep them coming back to gain the necessary skills they will need as adults?
Bored kids are unproductive
In 2017, the Grattan Institute published a report that said 40% of Australian school students are bored and/or struggling to keep up with their lessons, thereby making them unproductive. The report also found that students that did not engage in classrooms could fall almost 2 years behind the rest of their peers. It also mentioned that old-fashioned methods of overcoming student disengagement were not effective, and instead raised the very real risk of making matters worse by escalating any negative sentiments about learning in the classroom.
Encourage kids to realise their potential
Kids today need to be engaged – by encouraging purpose, curiousity, and a capacity to develop interests, as well as responsibility – in order for them to succeed in a world that is continually evolving. Education writers Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine have suggested reinventing the school system, designing classes like extracurricular sessions might be the way forward. In this way, students would learn by doing, while being led and nurtured by teachers.
Education is evolving and STEMmates wants to do its part to cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through hands-on, activity-based courses and workshops designed to keep children entertained, engaged and stimulated.
Through learning by doing, communicating and sharing ideas with both peers and teachers, STEMmates students are encouraged to speak up, try and to explore their own solutions to any problem they may encounter. Our practical courses are designed to be in-line with the school curriculum, giving your child an exciting education. For more information about our programs and how we seek to cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM follow our Facebook and website pages today.