2019 showed us exactly how important STEM – the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – is and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Since 2001, researchers, journalists, politicians and educators have been reminding us about how essential these fields will be for our country and for the world that we know. STEM has been growing by leaps and bounds and gaining a strong foothold in almost every industry around today. There is no more separating STEM from Art, STEM from languages or STEM from culture. STEM is everywhere and we need to empower our future generations in order to cope with the fact that it is not going anywhere.
Predictions for the future
report in 2016 identified some of the trends for STEM industries. They reported that automation and artificial intelligence will continue to advance, jobs will become less rigid due to an increase in technology, entrepreneurial skills will be more prevalent and that education requirements in professionals would increase. The CEO of the Australian Computer Society, Andrew Johnson, predicted that the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things could sky-rocket from 15 billion in 2016 to 200 billion this year, thereby increasing the opportunities for every industry that is connected. However, for industries to take advantage of these opportunities, their workforce must be trained and ready. Johnson also predicted that we will be facing an international STEM skill shortage.
Therefore, we need to get our children ready. Education systems have been racing to keep up with the times, now even offering Cloud Computing, 3D printing and Artificial Reality as programs to school children. Technical knowledge is only one part of the package. Schools also need to equip children with soft skills.
The days of memorising and rote learning have been replaced with a holistic education, hands-on activities and learning through trial and error. There have also been higher importance placed on lifelong learning. Studying doesn’t stop once we walk out of our school doors. Learning has to be continued, and upgrading must become a norm.
As a result, children need to be inspired to grow and to strive to heights higher than we could have imagined in the generations before them. We know that we cannot prepare them sufficiently for what there is to come because we have no idea what to expect.
With all the uncertainty that revolves around our future, STEMmates aims to provide vital support and opportunity for STEM education. Our courses are designed to engage young kids to get passionate and excited about the fundamentals of STEM subjects outside the classroom.
Complex theories are taught by challenging – as well as facilitating and guiding – kids to think critically and creatively in order to find solutions to problems, rather than giving them a textbook and spoon-feeding them information.
STEMmates today about how we cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM through activity-based, hands-on interactive workshops.
Creativity is defined as, “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” It used to be associated with the arts and related to people with artistic orientation.
Today, creativity has found its way into every industry and it is a skill that is looking to gain more and more importance into the future. Being able to find creative ways to solve problems especially is going to be a skill that many employers will seek in candidates for job positions.
How creative are we?
Adobe did a survey, asking 2000 people around the world what they thought about how prepared students were for this rise in the need for creative problem-solving skills.
They found that 97% of educators and 96% of policymakers saw a need for creative problem solving to be learned in schools. 86% of educators and 85% of policymakers reported that students with better creative problem-solving skills would eventually have higher-paying jobs in the future. They also found that 69% of educators and 61% of policymakers thought that schools and the curriculum they follow, are not placing enough emphasis on children learning this crucial skill. They saw only a 12% emphasis on students learning conflict management and innovative thinking skills
The main issue concerns a lack of creativity being taught in schools. In another
article, 73% of teachers said that they spend too little time picking out what to teach in class, 44% said they don’t demonstrate in creative ways and 43% said that they don’t try new ways to teach. Is school culture then limiting the creativity of both our teachers and students
STEMmates is creative!
STEMmates encourages creativity in all our courses. Students use problem-solving methods to figure out complex theories and gain new knowledge in our courses.
These specially designed courses, therefore, appeal to even younger children even though the concepts may be difficult. For example, we teach aerodynamics to children as young as 7 years old.
They learn through creative methods, such as hands-on activities and independent learning. We also encourage students to learn in groups, where they learn how to argue their points with their peers and their teachers, finding solutions for problems together. Learning through success and failure, students are able to learn how to think analytically. Help your child find his creative spark! Register your interest in our next set of courses by visiting our
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Most of us have been around long enough to realize that what was once considered Sci-Fi, is very much today’s norm. People are zipping around on personal mobility devices and maneuvering them without the use of their arms. Our children know how to use tablets and phones even before being able to read.
And yes, we now talk to robots. Most websites now feature some sort of artificially intelligent run chatbot, that answers most of our questions without them even being read by a real person. In 2017,
Sophia, was named the world’s first robot citizen in Saudi Arabia.
What then is there left for the average Joe to do, if robots and technology are taking over our planet? Even Bill Gates once talked about a “
robot tax” to slow down the insanely rapid rate of automation that our world is moving at. This idea was rejected by lawmakers, of course. But it does make sense to think about compensating people whose jobs have been lost to robots.
This displacement is just going to become more widespread and the problem with unemployed real people, is just going to worsen. Estimates are that
6 million jobs could be replaced with automation by 2030.
How do we stay on top?
Change brings with it, opportunity. We just need to find it.
Today’s workforce needs to be skilled and adaptable if it is going to survive the age of automation. Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Coding, The Internet of Things and Robotics are all terms used quite often in today’s business world and the businesses need people who understand how it all works.
Australian school systems are starting to realize this trend and are now putting a lot more emphasis on STEM subjects in school, which refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To have a skilled workforce, the country must have competent students ready to take on the challenge. These students will not only need technological skills but a plethora of soft skills as well. These include, an analytical mindset, high levels of emotional intelligence, leadership and creativity. That’s where STEM methods come in.
STEMmates uses teaching methods that inspire children to learn. The future generation is not going to be able to learn one skill, and use it alone for the rest of their career, like generations of old. They need to be dynamic and studying will be a permanent part of their lives.
Our courses are designed to encourage children to pick up difficult and technical knowledge at a young age. Our Introduction to Aerodynamics course, for example, is aimed at children as young as 7. Through our lessons, children also pick up valuable soft skills, such as, problem-solving, creative thinking and communication.
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