A few of us might have read a sci-fi book at some point in our life. The alien and extraordinary themes of our childhood may have been swapped for self-help and “get rich quick” paperbacks in adulthood, but – for some of us – we still remember that phase of wanting to be astronauts or solve extra-terrestrial mysteries or travel back in time.
Sci-fi, or science fiction, gives us the creativity and imagination to step outside the realities of the physical world and enter a realm of make believe. Could then these make-believe role models and heroes on the big screen be encouraging our youth to follow in their footsteps – ultimately teaching them how to become the next, Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein) or Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)?
Hollywood has romanticised science and with the constant release of modern-day sci-fi series and movies. There is a great potential for the youth of today to revive an interest in the many scientific fields. The “nerds” of yesteryears have turned into suave scientists with state of the art vehicles, the pretty girls, robots to do their bidding and not to mention, debonair outfits. Just look at “Ironman” and the latest, “Black Panther”. Which kid today wouldn’t want to be Tony Stark or T’Challa?
STEM in Science
With our education system refocussing on STEM, or the study of the subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, there is a drive to encourage the youth to become more interested in science related subjects. By using hands-on activities and real-life situations to teach students about the application of the fundamentals of each subject, students are given the opportunity to solve problems using their powers of critical thinking.
STEMmates and Science
STEMmates is playing its part in encouraging the pick up of STEM related subjects. Students as young as 7-years old have the opportunity to become involved in courses such as, Forensics and Robotics, which use activity-based methods of learning to cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for science. STEMmates also encourages the development of skills essential for the careers and jobs of the future, including teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and communication.
Our courses inspire young learners to be like the science fiction characters on the television. Scientists, engineers, creators and dreamers alike. To find out how to get your child interested in science and on their way to becoming the next sci-fi hero, head to our Facebook or website.