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"This is no experiment, it's the future of education"

Taking STEM Education to Schools across India

The term “STEM Education” is being heard frequently nowadays in educational space. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is gaining popularity day by day owing to rapid advancements in these fields. Many studies confirmed that not only a majority of our future jobs would fall under this category but also many new jobs are going to be created in these fields. It is to be noted that STEM fields have equal effects on all other areas be it arts, humanities or any other field. In a world that is quickly evolving and inclined towards technology, STEM skills would be of great economic impact. At a crucial stage when Indian government is promoting initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India, digital India to encourage manufacturing, technology usage and skill development in the country, STEM is turning out to be an essential and integral component of our education.

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However, when we look at the current Indian educational system, even from a very broad perspective, we clearly notice that we are far behind in adapting to the changes in global educational arena. Still today, a major emphasis on our school education system is learning through text book and in most cases, marks secured is the only criteria to assess the knowledge.  Critical thinking, inquiry based learning and hands-on learning is something which is far from implementation especially in a majority of K-12 educational institutions. Curiosity, innovation and thirst for knowledge towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in kids can be encouraged by an early exposure to hands-on learning and practical knowledge in a more engaging and fun to learn environment. Once a kid develops a passion for STEM fields, it smoothens the decision making process to choose a right field to pursue career. It will help to create great thinkers, innovators, engineers and scientists that our society and industry needs. As said earlier, it is needed for our future prosperity and to our nation in order to develop competitiveness and play a vital role in global economy.

STEMCHAMP, an educational start-up based out of Bangalore gears up to encourage STEM education in Indian Schools. Stem champ Provides highly effective STEM Education through its integrated curriculum materials and equipment that engage and create a passion towards stem fields viz. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All programs are result oriented, research and inquiry based and align perfectly with national and international standards. STEMCHAMP has its operations focused on cities Bangalore and Hyderabad but soon is heading to take its educational programs all over India.

STEMCHAMP’s in-school programs

stemchampResearch shows that children are natural explorers and active participants in their own development, and that they are surprisingly sophisticated thinkers. Through a series of conceptual hands-on lessons, teachers will guide students as they learn important STEM content and investigative skills. Each unit design fosters cooperative learning and critical thinking. Teachers facilitate teamwork as students actively discuss their findings, record data and assess their understanding. STEM Champ has the power to transform even hostile schools into places of inspiration; as a community where students are intrinsically motivated, can develop collaborative behavior and succeed academically.

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Encouraging Interest in STEM through Summer Robotics Camp

Summer camps provide an opportunity for children with similar interests to come together for a week, or longer, to gain a unique experience based upon those interests. These camps have been utilized as a means of increase student interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This STEM Champ’s camp utilised a combination of visual, build activities, and competitions to keep students engaged, teach them about various science and engineering disciplines, and have a fun experience.

Robots provided an ideal platform for introducing a large number of STEM topics in a fun and engaging way. Through a single learning activity, campers are introduced to topics related to mathematics, physics, electrical engineer, computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering.

Day 1: Monday’s goal is to provide a foundation for computing and electronics.

Day 2: The second day’s focus was on introducing the students to robots and their sensors.

Day 3: With a foundation on what robots are and how they perceive the environment, the third day focuses on robot motion and then the basics of robot control where perception and action are tied together.

Day 4: The fourth morning focuses on students learning to write their own programs.

Day 5: The Bot competition will be held.

Lessons Learned : Using competitions provide a great tool to encourage students to apply what they learned and reinforce their earlier build experiences. The bots competition encourage students to focus both on hardware and software. Many of the campers built upon their previous robots rather than starting from scratch. The talent show will allow students to showcase both their creativity and the diversity of their experience. Many of the build activities will be focused upon robots that wander and explore. For the talent show, robots will be developed that are more creative, aesthetic, etc.

Experience our 10 days and 20 days STEM and Robotics Camp. To Register : https://stemchamp.com/summercamp

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An Educational Robotics-STEM-Coding Lab to Investigate Cognitive Strategies and to Foster Learning

Our Lab is dedicated both to research and education. As result we are responsible for the academic development of STEAM expertise for students who work closely together with our researchers and academics.

Our research requires cross-disciplinary investigations in several areas such as biologically inspired algorithms, evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence, psychology, machine learning, data mining, computational neuroscience and cognitive science, among others.

Cognitive abilities put into action by learners in using a Robotics Serious Game have been investigated and data has been collected by administering a pre and a post-test on motivation and using Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology. Significant results have been acquired on:

  • Students’ motivation in relation to their performance
  • Team work strategy, analyzing the PBL
  • Learning results.

Findings showed that “intrinsic motivation” of the participating students, gathered with a specific questionnaire, was high since the beginning of the Lab experience, corroborating the hypothesis that these cognitive activities are able to stimulate curiosity, interest, enjoyment and to foster the learning also in STEM careers.

Our Makerspace Lab is for Schools, Colleges, Educators and Edupreneurs. To setup lab and more details : https://stemchamp.com/stem-education-franchise/stem-science-education-roboticsand http://stemlab.stemchamp.com

 

 

The importance of STEM learning

STEM learning is the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and maths and is part of our everyday lives. So why has STEM learning not been as significantly regarded as other subjects such as English?

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Why is STEM learning important?

It is important for many reasons. “STEM innovations have been rapidly transforming our everyday lives; from the way we grow our food, to the way we cure diseases, connect with friends and family, and understand the world around us”. “STEM disciplines provides a pathway for children to explore a wide range of exciting areas in science, math, and engineering. Preschool children are naturally interested in science and math. Almost everything young children do involves exploring their world”.

“It’s about developing skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and curiosity. These skills are transferable to a wide range of situations that children may face later in life.” Not only this, but “children who engage in science and math regularly develop circuits to make learning in these areas faster and easier”, who believes that the neglect of these skills contributes to children being left behind. “it is key that everyone in society, not just a select few, are confident in engaging with STEM subjects in order to thrive in the modern world.”

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What can be done to increase and improve the interest and education in STEM subjects in the early years?

“Children think like scientists. They are naturally curious because everything is new to them” , “Educators and parents will know how many ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions 3-year-olds can express about anything– ‘Why is the sky blue?’, ‘Why do we have two eyes?’, ‘How do fish breathe?’ and so on. However, how often do we treat these questions from children as scientific enquiries based on first-hand observations?”

“Practitioners and parents need to be educated. We know that children learn best when they can they interact with materials and observe the result. When this is accompanied by adult dialogue, they learn even more. Learning in science should be through scientific inquiry.”

“Supportive adults are key to STEM learning, particularly for girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Children need adults who believe that all young people are capable of reaching their full potential. “while engaging with children directly, we also seek to engage and inspire the adults who accompany young children in seeing the value of hands-on STEM learning.”

“Play in early childhood is essential to development”. Having this, “contributes to the cognitive, social and emotional well-being of children.”  To become confident STEM thinkers, children need to play. “Whether play is free or guided by an adult who offers activities inspired by the child’s interests, play is ideal for learning, practicing and developing new skills.”

Give the best STEM – Robotics – Coding Experience for your kids through STEM Champ. More details login to stemchamp.com | info@stemchamp.com

Benefits of STEM Summer Camps for Grades 6 and above

  • Easier transition from middle school to high school– Summer camps are a perfect way to get your middle school child ready for the challenges of high school. The transition from middle school to high school often turns out to be a stressful experience, because high school processes differ from the ones of middle school quite a bit. STEM summer camps can give middle schoolers an idea of what can await them in a high school.
  • A chance to improve the problem areas – If your child is falling behind with the STEM disciplines, a STEM summer camp is a great opportunity to catch up with these subjects. In STEM summer camps, the kids and teens study with smaller groups, in a more fun and relaxed environment. Smaller numbers of students give the teacher more time to focus on each student individually and thus achieve better results. Moreover, teachers at STEM camps can use different teaching methods, which can sometimes work miracles and help your child in their struggle with technical subjects.
  • Career development opportunities – If your child already shows interest in science and technology, then probably this hobby will turn into a career. Therefore, it is important to support their interests at early stages and let them participate in one of the STEM summer programs. Through field trips as well as hands-on exercises and experiments, the kids strengthen and develop their scientific and social skills, laying down the first career milestone.
  • An opportunity to pump up the social skills – Summer camps, especially the STEM summer camps, involve lots of teamwork and socializing. It is a great chance to meet new friends and make useful connections with other kids.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A STEM SUMMER CAMP

STEM Champ’s summer camps are designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students of all ages in a fun and engaging way. The students learn basic STEM skills while making new friends and improving social skills.

  • Rewarding summer – Many kids spend their summer at home watching TV and sleeping all day. It can be fun for the first few days, but then such pastimes can turn out to be boring for them. Besides, during the summer the kids typically forget most of the basic mathematics and science that they have learned at school. STEM camps can be both a fun and useful activity for your children. They teach the young participants to solve problems, think logically, and be creative.
  • Getting an idea of future careers – More and more prestigious careers require advanced mathematical and scientific knowledge and skills. Being introduced to math and science at an early age will give the youngest students a distinct advantage. Hands-on experiences with STEM activities will enrich them with important knowledge and develop necessary skills. As a result, your child will start making the first steps towards building a brilliant career in the IT, science, engineering, and mathematics spheres. It’s important to think of these not only as STEM summer camps, but also career exploration exercises.
  • An opportunity to get out of their comfort zone – By spending a part of their summer or even most of the summer in unfamiliar surroundings, kids will become more autonomous in the early age. Besides, they will make new friends and learn to work in a team, as many STEM activities involve teamwork in a fun lab setting. 
  • Feeling of self-confidence – In STEM summer camps, your children will be constantly trying out something new and do things that they were previously afraid of doing. As a result, when they return to school after the camp, they will feel more confident regarding the STEM-related subjects.
  • Finding inspiration – The idea of STEM education is to make the kids realize how STEM disciplines can simplify the human lives. The children get inspired for the future and remain excited to learn new things and grow with their experiences

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How can STEM CSR uplift female education in India?

In this modern world it is clear that women are performing excellently in almost every profession, be it- an astronaut, a scientist, professor, teacher, doctor, entrepreneur etc. Whatever field you point out, women are setting new trademark on it. Women empowerment is growing with a vivid pace, so as to maintain the men to women ratio in all the realms of the workplace.

We need to have an education system where the practical knowledge is being taught and real-life learning is done. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) effectively covers all these aspects. Government and several corporate also support STEM by CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) by funding and supporting programs and camps organized by STEM.

#1 Maintaining Girl’s Ratio in STEM

Current scenario of the education system has an imbalance of boys and girls ratio. Therefore it is a need to uplift girls in our country so that, they are not neglected from the quality education. STEM CSR avidly works in this field and helps to provides right quality education and real-life learning system for the students.

#2 Reducing Stereotype hindrances

There are so many stereotypes holding back the colorful future of girls. Society hits their confidence harshly. It breaks them and they give up thinking that they aren’t worthy. The irony is that it is happening in the same country where women are superpowers and are effectively performing their duty and responsibility. STEM CSR provides an encouraging platform for all the curious minds of the country. STEM also helps them realize their true potential and a clear path to their passion. By having an open and curious mind which understands and perceives knowledge correctly is set to be a success in future.

#3 Increasing Opportunities for girls

STEM CSR will help grow more employment opportunities for women. As per now, women are talented and skillful but due to less employment, they end being at home. STEM CSR will create more jobs for women where they can love what they do and help other teach manage or whatever task they opt for. Another indirect advantage is that the employed women will be a role model to those who are struggling in their life and it will boost their hope too!

#4 Fostering advanced level skill development in girls

There is constant touch towards the emerging needs of the modern world which STEM provides so that its students gain deep insights of the new and advancing technology and research. It helps students to develop the most demanding skills. The STEM is a boon for females in our country, as it helps females excel in learning and creating.

#5 Improving self-confidence and boosting self-esteem

The way of teaching STEM applies uplifts the overall confidence of students thereby making them a real-world problem solver by innovating and creating solutions. It creates a mindset of learning by fun. There remains no boredom in the process of learning because the process of rote learning is eliminated. STEM nourishes their talent and removes any hindrance coming in their path due to lack of confidence. Stem CSR makes this sure, that girls do not get laid back just because of lack of guidance and confidence.

Our education system has a gap between learning and its application in real world. This system continues until the end of school. With Stem CSR they will get some real working experience in the technological world. This surely will help them to become a better professional in their respective field.

 

Necessity of STEM CSR in today’s education system

When it comes to the development it’s always achieved by traveling on a way called education. We need the education to get ourselves unlock our true potential and get exposed to worldly knowledge and information. A good quality of knowledge helps every student grow to their full. Quality education provides more skillful and proficient engineers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artist etc. The country will then have a limitless group of the intellectual and wise citizen. Many countries have acknowledged the fact that there is a serious and urgent reform needed in the current education system and that’s why they are working on it. Some countries have already solved this issue; they had designed their education system in a more useful and practical way to think in real life.

#1 Right Way for Education Purpose

Education in a country starts right away from the schools. It is, therefore, very important to have a more practical and efficient education system. Unfortunately, in India, the major focus is laid on the book and rote learning only. STEM is a modern and advanced way to teach students the law and fundamentals of problem-based learning. Students get to perform all the process with their hands. This helps them in attaining a practical approach towards solving problems.

#2 Boosting Confidence of Students

The STEM which is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics consists of all the basic elements of good quality education. It creates a new way of learning. The process to learn becomes fun-filled activity as it is done through interactive games. Naturally more and more students get attracted to this system. There is a build of solid confidence, thinking process, enriching mental capacity. STEM CSR will help STEM to collaborate with the current education system and provide quality education based on practical.

#3 Understanding the elements of the environment

An open mind is always in search of new idea and innovation. STEM helps students cultivate awareness and attentive mind. It helps them to understand and observe more about current scenarios of the environment, thus developing and applying ideas to enhance the living. They will get a deep and clear insight of the laws of nature, mathematical concepts, general theories etc. STEM helps them understand most elements of nature and surroundings.

#4 Educating the underprivileged

There are a number of sections of society without the access to quality education. Students belonging there lack the right direction of career and less aware of environmental change. Teachers are mostly unskilled and stressed due to the system. They don’t want to work with full effort.

#5 No Barriers to learning

Language barriers and no access to proper to education lead to rote learning in the young mind of the country which directly affects country’s growth and development. The emerging need for the right quality of education calls for the need of CSR by various companies. They come joining hand to hand and raise funds to help to collaborate and grow STEM education with the current education system.

The role of STEM CSR (corporate social responsibility) is to provide funds and support this education system. It is a joint effort and a collective responsibility to help our country grow by targeting all the major areas of improvements, one of which is education system. Now is the era where just some facts and written knowledge will not do wonders, you need to create, imagine and innovate to solve any basic or complex problem of our society and thereby of our country.

 

 

Reasons How STEM CSR Can Nurture Girl Education

The world is developing at a great pace, the things which were used commonly in the 1990’s is no longer utilized today. Right by means of transportation by means of communication, we created a world where nothing is impossible to achieve. To continue with this revolution, we need to increase the implementation of STEM principles in every possible phase. This can be done by diminishing the gender gap in STEM education and creating more and more opportunities for the girl child to come up and become a better version of her in future. Interestingly, there is more involvement of parents in educating a girl child than ever. But due to some loopholes in the Indian education system, it is getting tougher day by day to help girl child develop critical skills and improve technical skills. The only solution possible to improve the current education system is by integrating it with STEM curriculum. And to foster and increase the reach of the STEM concept, CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility can play a major role. Below are five reasons depicting how STEM CSR can prove to be a boon for the education of a girl child.

#1 Orienting the sincerity in the right direction

No one can deny the fact that girls are more sincere towards their duty. We have always been a part of that situation where teacher punished us for not doing homework on time but girls were never on that line. They were the punctual ones. This punctuality and sincerity can take them to heights. Stem education system is designed to improve their mental ability and technical knowledge which through Stem CSR environment is easily available to gain.

#2 Improving Critical Thinking

STEM curriculum provides brainstorming problems, which engages a student in a practical learning environment. Generally, girls are believed as they’re not proficient enough to develop technical skills, but by solving brainstorming problems they will surely break the stereotype down.

#3 Attracting Girls Towards Learning

Generally, girls start to develop a hoax during studies that understanding mathematics and science is very difficult. But when we teach them in a different way by making them learn and apply the STEM concepts in STEM labs, they start to enjoy STEM. With the help of STEM CSR, we can have more labs where students can develop a practical approach and perspective towards learning.

#4 Boosting confidence and fostering

When girls take part in group STEM projects, they get a chance to express them and perform science. During the activities, they get an opportunity to tell what they feel about the project and how they can improve it. This thereby boosts their confidence and helps them to do well in STEM subjects.

#5 Learn about Teamwork

We have heard in the news or through friends and families that a group of boys started a business or group of friends took a step to eradicate illiteracy or poverty from the country etc. but never heard of a group of girls doing such. Research shows that girls lack this trait of working as a team. Curriculum in this education system gives you situations to work and fight together as a group to achieve the targeted goal. This will make them believe that every problem will not be a problem if a team works together on it.

A STEM environment is all we need today to help a girl child a secure and successful future. To know more about STEMCHAMP or if you have any queries, please let us know at info@stemchamp.com

How STEM CSR plays a major role in reforming the education system?

The STEM is a common word waving nowadays. In a brief way, it’s a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which has an ultimate potential to reinvent the education system. STEM education is a way of teaching and developing technical skills in students and providing them a practical insight of science. It is helpful for every stream of study and career, be it engineering, medical, banking, economics, arts, music etc. Our education system solely relies on rote learning, the methodology is very old and do not prepare our children for the modern world. They need a curious mind and well brushed up skills to meet the demands of this ever innovating era. For, the example we can’t use the letter system to communicate when we have instant messaging services.

The concern of development of a skillful society is being done with the help of CSR. STEM CSR is an acronym for Collective Social Responsibility. It is simply a program where the corporate fund the STEM projects and aids the STEM mentors to help children develop the required skills and knowledge required in this modern era, where the main focus is on proficiency and capability. The role comes into play majority in today’s world as we need more and more STEM mentors, STEM makerspace and institutions to make the young generation STEM-skilled and proficient.

Despite being the innovations and development in every field, countries in the modern world lacks in the reformation of the education system. Students must be equipped with attributes like critical analysis, practical approach and scientific ideas. The loopholes are accurately filled with the help of STEM CSR, it targets the right problem and eradicates the gap between the knowledge given through education and the demand as per the technological world.

STEM CSR provides an innovative platform to offer more opportunities to the young ignited minds. STEM Makerspace is one such example of a platform provided by CSR, where students can actually learn by performing experiments. There are many hidden talented minds in our country but comes from an unstable financial condition. CSR provides them fund and giving them their right to quality education. Companies like TATA group and Microsoft have funded CSR to promote and cultivate quality education among underprivileged sections of society. More CSR will result in the collective growth of all the sections of the country. This will thereby aid modern education system to reform and innovate.

Ever since the introduction of the STEM, it has become a very important factor in the development of the country as the development and education of students of a country affect the country directly. The innovative platform provided by STEM uplifts the way of learning. The learning is not limited to just bookish learning, we can now perform them in the real world to get a deep insight. If corporate and the society are willing to promote STEM curriculum along with existing curriculum then rate at which our education is going to reform will be at a higher pace. We will have a world full of scientists, engineer, doctors, entrepreneurs and many more excellent minds proficient in their field. These professionals can then be a very helping hand to the other corporates. The current education system is lacking the practical knowledge given to students. STEM fills this loophole and provide all the demanding skills to their students in a very easy, practical, and efficient way.

 

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