STEM stands for-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is important in every aspect because in today’s world, technology means computers and smart phones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Every invention is based on thinking and STEM is only way to represent your thought in to reality. Now STEM is in must know skill because it pervades every aspect of our lives.
Concept and designing of STEM courses
The world has developed in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. Careers today are about what employees can do with the wealth of information freely available, rather than with acquired information if you look at the basics of an “ideal” STEM lesson, you’ll see some substantial differences. STEM lessons, students address real social, economic, and environmental problems and seek solutions. The biggest moment came when it moved to a new position and faced a class of science students who had given up on school. The classes identify a real-world problem right there on campus, and suddenly we found ourselves head over heels in a STEM project-before the familiar acronym had even burst onto the scene. The Real World STEM Problems for some suggestions for projects students might focus on.
STEM lessons are guided by the engineering design process. The EDP provides a flexible process that takes students from identifying a problem-or a design challenge-to creating and developing a solution. If you search for “engineering design process images” online, you’ll find many charts to guide you, but most have the same basic steps. In this process, students define problems, conduct background research, develop multiple ideas for solutions, develop and create a prototype and then test, evaluate, and redesign them. This sounds a little like the scientific method-but during the EDP, teams of students try their own research-based ideas, take different approaches, make mistakes, accept and learn from them, and try again. Their focus is on developing solutions.
STEM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration. In STEM lessons, the path to learning is open ended, within constraints. (Constraints generally involve things like available materials.) The students’ work is hands-on and collaborative, and decisions about solutions are student-generated. Students communicate to share ideas and redesign their prototypes as needed. They control their own ideas and design their own investigations.
STEM lessons involve students in productive teamwork. Helping students work together as a productive team is never an easy job. It becomes exponentially easier if all STEM teachers at a school work together to implement teamwork, using the same language, procedures, and expectations for students. If you want a jumpstart on building specific student-teamwork skills, contact me and I’ll send you a draft of a student teamwork document.
STEM lessons apply rigorous math and science content your students are learning. In your STEM lessons, you should purposely connect and integrate content from math and science courses. Plan to collaborate with other math and/or science teachers to gain insight into how course objectives can be interwoven in a given lesson. Students can then begin to see that science and math are not isolated subjects, but work together to solve problems. This adds relevance to their math and science learning. In STEM, students also use technology in appropriate ways and design their own products (also technologies).
Best case scenario: Involve an art teacher as well. Art plays a critical role in product design. Teams will want their products to be attractive, appealing, and marketable. When the arts are added, the STEM acronym becomes STEAM.
STEM lessons allow for multiple right answers and reframe failure as a necessary part of learning. Sometimes I designed my science labs so that all teams would replicate the same results or verify or refute a hypothesis. Students were studying specific science content and the whole idea was to provide insight into cause and effect by manipulating variables. STEM classes, by contrast, always provide opportunity for multiple right answers and approaches. The STEM environment offers rich possibilities for creative solutions. When designing and testing prototypes, teams may flounder and fail to solve the problem. That’s okay. They are expected to learn from what went wrong, and try again. Failure is considered a positive step on the way to discovering and designing solutions Education sector in INDIA is looking beyond smart classrooms towards hands-on learning and STEM, enhancement on their current ICT and smart class platforms. In order to establish this curriculum the public charity foundations like FIRST,WRO,DST,NCSM are providing wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.
Advantages of STEM Education
Teaching STEM in elementary grades opens the door for teachers and students to become tomorrow’s movers and shakers. Young children with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will go on to play an integral role in our nation’s global competitiveness and economic stability. Teachers can foster critical thinking through problem solving in elementary STEM education and provide students with an academic edge over the competition. While the economic benefits of STEM education for our country are notable, it’s important that parents realize that STEM education has individual and specific benefits for their children, even in the primary and intermediate grades.
Major Benefits of STEM education are…
- Encourage problem Solving Skill
- Enhance Problem analyzing Skill
- Inspire Creativity & Innovation
- Ensure an authentic learning Experience
What YANTRA is offering in STEM FIELD?
Yantra Education is providing different courses in STEM / Robotics at Kanpur Center. These Courses are according to age group of student. These Robotics courses are designed for every age group initially from 9 years on wards. Our mission is to create a learning environment that is self-directed. Simply put, our course materials are structured in a way to enable kids to uncover learning points themselves, with worksheets and notes provided for kids to refer to. While some enrichment Centers provide programming, assembly instructions for kids to follow every session, we prefer to let students to struggle on a given problem, work on the robot themselves, before we finally provide suggestions for improvements. These courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic