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 website or Facebook pages, today.
Activity-based learning is key for the acquisition of knowledge and STEM skills
As well as increasing focus on STEM subjects, the Australian government’s latest education strategy aims to equip students with cross-disciplinary skills that will help them thrive in modern job occupations.
Being able to think critically, problem solve and innovate are cornerstones of the modern job market. Australia’s STEM education strategy will therefore see the introduction of various learning techniques to help our children develop these skills.
Considering this renewed focus on STEM, STEMmates aims to provide kids with a forum for STEM learning outside the school environment.
STEM education: the implications for Australia
With an increasing global demand for workers in scientific and technical fields, the Australian government’s renewed focus on STEM education is unsurprising.
If we want to fulfil future demand, we need to educate students in career fields that will soon dominate the national and international markets.
The pivot towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is vital for both our children and Australia. But is this renewed focus in schools enough to position us as global leaders of tomorrow?