As leaders in Strategy and Development of Business and Technology, the 3 Dads were witnessing and experiencing first-hand how evolutions in technology were influencing the local - and global - job markets. The demand for jobs that have their foundations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) was growing rapidly. And whilst the schools firmly have a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as part of the flow-on effects of the July 2013 position paper by the Office of the Chief Scientist in Australia, a simple question needed answering: what can we do to further educate our kids in these subjects at home?
In answer to this question, they formed an opinion about the theory and practice of education, and how it influenced the growth of learners
The STEMmates Pedagogy
The approach to education can be drawn from a spectrum ranging from being instructor-led to one that's based on immersion. The latter is focussed on individuals in an interactive learning environment, where scenarios or situations are used to teach particular concepts, skills or techniques. The former is more direct, with the teacher making the decisions about the content and sequence of the learning.
The founders of STEMmates want to help bridge this gap by striking a balance between the instructive and immersive ways of learning - by bringing the lessons derived from industrial progress, evolution and transformation to help kids contextualise what they are learning and why.
They looked to see if there could be a wider application of the theory, that effective education is achieved in situations where learners have meaningful experiences - through discovery, inquiry, active engagement, problem-solving and collaboration.
The STEMmates vision and mission is based on aligning and associating its courses and workshops with a wider context - to help cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for problem-solving, analytical thinking, and the ability to work both independently as well as collaboatively.