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.
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
Research 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.