It is time to make STEM education a priority for all students.
There is a lot of talk about innovative or novel educational models and from our point of view, that’s a good thing. Because it undoubtedly shows that there is a growing concern to rethink the current model, or at least, seek mixed formulas.
Educational innovation, to be truly novel, has to come hand in hand with a change in the educational paradigm, a change in outlook towards childhood, a change from the foundations…
It is not enough to change the strategies, tools or forms, if the same basis continues, the same conception of education, the same old vision.
What is the STEM method in education?
Actually, the STEM model is not new. The methods have in STEM are several years old. Also, if our children like to build Legos, use technical and scientific toys, create robots with assembly kits or programs with applications for children, without knowing it, we have sometimes been to the method. Nor is it a model for debate used horizontally in all educational areas of the school. Rather, it is a system that can be implemented in specific areas of the entire educational process.
The STEM educational methodology, acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, whose virtue is to integrate the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, brings together these four subjects creating a multidisciplinary learning process through the development of projects real that responded to situations of daily life using all the possibilities that new technologies can establish our reach.
STEM eminently seeks to develop the following skills in students.
- Critical thinking
- Problem resolution
There are many reasons why the STEM-based system considers an innovative teaching method:
- Students work as a team and learn to make joint decisions because they carry out research, collaborate and design hypotheses.
- Greater ability to creatively solve problems.
- Improve individual critical thinking.
- They improve your self-esteem.
- Boost their communication skills.
- Learn through first-person experimentation, thereby improving long-term retention of learned concepts.
- Use emerging technologies, minimizing the “intimidating” feeling that is sometimes produced.
- They trigger their imagination and their desire to create new things with the one who learns.
STEM learning with resources allows children to explore, build and share their understanding of the world around them, while the more playful aspects of these resources help them continue learning, inside and outside the classroom.
You also hear about the term “STEAM”, which includes the reference to “arts”. The arts are represented because early education encourages boys and girls to develop a greater appreciation for music, art, literature, language, in addition to other social studies. Researchers agree that the best scientific people and engineers are also musicians, painters and poets, for example. A narrative and additional role plays involve more boys and girls and their understanding of the world around them.
In conclusion, it is about children getting soaked in the four disciplines doing with their own hands, that is, executing practical projects in first person.
The best example of this is robotics, a discipline where children work in the areas of technology, engineering, science and mathematics at the same time by creating robots that meet a series of objectives. In a sense, it is not possible to speak of a STEM education but rather of STEM educations which have as their main objective the training of competent students and citizens in each of these areas and potentials of understanding a given problem (daily life, society, etc. .). from a multidisciplinary point of view…