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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Technology is continuing to evolve and has found its way into almost every current industry. This idea of digital transformation simply refers to the integration of
digital technology into all areas of a business. This change in the way we allow businesses to function, also implies a need to change the way businesses operate – and how value is delivered to their clients.
What is Digital Transformation?
Being a relatively new idea, businesses are experimenting and finding a niche set of technologies to transform themselves into something viable in this digital era. This also means that processes and methods used in the past may have to be tweaked or done away with completely.
Businesses essentially need to reinvent themselves, and along the way, face up to the the reality that failure could be a real possibility. However, in order to succeed with this shift, businesses and companies need to have a solid foundation in their leadership, culture and strategy.
The Digital Transformation strategy
Experts have highlighted five Digital Transformation elements. These are, “customer experience, operational agility, culture and leadership, workforce enablement and digital technology integration.”
It may be interesting to note that four out of those five elements, focus more on the human aspect of a business rather than a digital one. It goes to show then that people are still the at the center of importance for a business to succeed, even in this world of digitalization.
People are still involved in implementing the new technologies and making sure that these new methods work well. Soft skills are now in greater demand, along with the room and latitude to allow leaders and managers to analyze what their needs – and make the necessary changes essential to their companies’ success.
STEM and Digital Transformation
So, where does STEM stand in all of this? Even though STEM refers to Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics, the STEM methodologies teach many critical soft skills.
Students are left with problems to solve using their own intuition and analytical minds, rather than just being handed textbooks and asked to memorize answers for tests. They are made to discuss their views in groups, learning communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
STEM methodologies involve students learning through doing. They use activity-based projects and hands-on experimentation to learn about complex theories.
How STEMmates can help
STEMmates starts your children on the STEM methodologies at very young ages. We instill a sense of curiosity and excitement in your children about STEM subjects, at the same time, preparing them for this age of digitalization, through the many soft skills taught simultaneously during each hands-on, activity-based learning workshop.
It should come as no surprise that children who are encouraged and supported by their parents perform better than others. They also are able to succeed later on in life when they are studying as independent learners.
Studies have shown that children with lower than average tend to raise themselves if their parents become involved in their education. It was also shown that children with a higher level of parental support proceeded to plan for further education. On the other hand, children who had little or no family support, typically received lower grades and in some cases, eventually dropped out of school.
The Australian Government’s view on parental engagement
The Australian Government fully supports the view that children perform better when parents are engaged in their education. Because of this, they are supporting several initiatives to encourage this. For example, the Learning Potential App and Learning Potential Resources are free tools that guardians can use to be a part of their child’s learning. They both support the Australian Curriculum for primary school. They are also working on a
parent engagement project with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, which involves initiating the Australian Parent Engagement Network as well as the appointment of Local Champions. The Learning for Life Program is another initiative has seen an investment of AUD$48 million being made, in hopes of supporting 24,000 disadvantaged students to stay in school and prepare for their transition to higher education.
How to support young learners
There are a variety of ways that parents can support their children through their foundational years.
But, the key in all of this is to stay informed. Make sure you know what your child is up to in school. How are they performing and what should they be learning? How much do you know about your child’s syllabus? Are you able to help them if they need assistance with their homework, or do you need to engage the help of an external tutor or organization to help them when they face difficulties in school?
School websites usually have updates for parents about when testing dates are and staff contact information. Make sure you know your child’s teachers and are able to establish good communication channels with them. Try and stay connected to your child’s network. Do you know their friends and their friends’ parents? Take care of them at home. Send your children to school with nutritious meals and a good night’s sleep. Make sure that they are not constantly distracted by video games and The Internet before bedtime.
At STEMmates, we make sure that parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress. Teachers communicate children’s progress and parents are given context and feedback about their child’s performance in class.
We strive to ensure that our children are well supported through their education and formative years. Get information about how your child can be a part of our STEMmates community today through our Facebook and website pages.
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?
Imagine learning to ride a bicycle by watching a YouTube video or learning to swim by reading a textbook. Concepts are sometimes difficult to grasp until we are able to put them into practice and try them out for ourselves. This goes as well for concepts and theories taught in the classroom. Quite often, we are unable to understand something unless we can see for ourselves what they really are. In the classroom, it is easy to teach children through books, whiteboards and PowerPoint slides, but very rarely, do they really comprehend what is being taught until they go home and do their homework. Countless numbers of exercises, tests and exams and practice are the only way to get learners to truly grasp what they are learning, through applying their new knowledge.