It is not a new concept that team sports develop essential skills in people. A study by Ernst and Young in 2015 surveyed 821 professionals and found that 96% of women in high-level jobs played some sort of sport when they were younger. There are other studies that prove this finding and many high-profile names that fit into this category as well. Mark Zuckerberg was a high school fencing star and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was the captain of the swim team in her school.
Through sport, children learn leadership, teamwork and determination. They also learn how to manage their time, juggling schoolwork and sports training sessions. The earlier they start playing and the better they become, the more these skills will continue to develop as they get older.
Playing sport also keeps a person fit, healthy and more mentally alert, all essential to becoming a successful adult. Sportsmen and women are usually up earlier, spend less late nights out, smoke less and have less destructive vices, all leading their career and self-development.
Team sports also exposes one to a large social network, highly important to business people. Wall Street has an entire “Lacrosse Mafia”, hiring ex-lacrosse players who are all used to fierce competitiveness, long hours and the risk of failure, characteristics much sought after in the world of trading.
STEM and teamwork
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. The skills that accompany STEM teaching methodology are very similar to those acquired from team sports. Students are also exposed to skills like communication, collaboration and teamwork at a young age. They need to work together in order to find solutions to problems, brainstorming ideas and critically analysing potential ideas.
STEMmates develops essential skills
STEMmates courses are designed to instil these characteristics in young learners. They are taught how to problem solve and think outside the box. Courses are developed to teach students creativity and how to apply these skills to real life situations even at ages as young at 7 years old. They are already exposed to difficult concepts like robotics and mechanics at a primary school level and are making friends with like-minded students, all working together to learn.
Read how you can give your child a head start on his successful career path today by getting them involved in team learning with our STEMmates courses. Find out how via our Facebook and website pages.