What does this all mean then?
Soft skills have been described as non-cognitive skills and social skills. They are the skills required to put “hard skills”, like algebra and programming, into action. Skills like communication, critical thinking and time management are considered “soft”.
There is no accurate measure of these skills but there are some tests like the Big 5 personality inventory, which is a psychological model that categorises human personality into: extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism and openness to experience.
So, what happens in the teaching of STEM subjects?
STEM – the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is taught in an interactive and collaborative manner where hands-on learning and peer-learning take place. Students practice soft skills constantly, without even realising it.
Teamwork and collaboration are daily activities. Students learn to relate to each other and apply their newly gained knowledge to real world experiences. STEM also prepares students for problems that they might face.
The STEM way of teaching allows learners to see set backs as lessons rather than failures. Developing these professional skills at such an early age prepares STEM students for the job market.
Bridging that gap between soft skills and STEM skills
STEMmates seeks to play its part in shaping the future of our children in Australia. Our courses encourage children to learn soft skills as they learn cognitive skills, putting into practice straightaway the knowledge that they are receiving. Students study and learn together, encouraging communication and developing creative thinking.
Learning STEM subjects in STEMmates classrooms can ensure students get a balanced mix of both cognitive and soft skills. Starting these skills at a young age, ensures a bright future for these children once they reach adulthood.
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