We all know that technology is an intricate part of our lives. Yet the number of innovative thinkers in our world is far less in comparison to the number of adopters of a given technology. Maybe, it is the comfort that restricts us into believing that we don’t have to worry about it since others are already working on it. This way of thinking is hazardous as it doesn’t just make us dependent on others but it also makes us less productive. The number of successful innovators in India is much smaller compared to the western countries (which is not true for Indians, as a lot of innovators are Indians but just don’t innovate in India). It’s not that people aren’t trying or are restricted by their own thinking, which can partly influence a person but the problem lies in the evolution of the education system of our country. Indian education system though evolving, has not adapted adequately to prepare the child to meet the fast changing global requirements. It remains specific to age groups and function on pre-built versions of limited experiential learning. People are taught to ‘follow’ in schools. The idea of doing something in their own way is anti-establishment and hence does not fit the ‘rules’ & ‘guidelines’. STEM bridges this gap by complementing the current education system through emphasizing on innovation & development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills.
That is why India needs to revise the way young children are taught today. One should be able to come to terms with the fact that all the great thinkers were the ones who failed miserably at the onset of their research, so failure shouldn’t stop you from trying further. However, they also worked against establishment and in the end they proved themselves to the world. I am not quoting experiences in isolation, from Galileo to Newton to Einstein the world has gained much from people following their curiousity and not the established system. But with the increasing level of literacy we are lucky to be alive in modern times where new ideas if not encouraged are also not tabooed, which gives us hope.
We hope to introduce a new way of thinking with our STEM initiatives. A new approach to educating young minds, which will allow them to break bounds and create new technology for the benefit of the nation. It will help the kids shape their curiousity in science and technology efficiently & effectively. They will get hands on experience and guidance in order to turn their imagination into reality. They will get help to work on their potential and expand their skill set. However this cannot be done without the encouragement and consent of their parents and teachers. The government definitely needs to invest more in this initiative, which has already proven itself in countries like US. However, the person who is directly responsible for the development of a child’s potential is the teacher.
Teachers are the ideals children look up to. This might come across as not so believable with changing times, yet if you ask people about their inspiration they would always quote the names of at least one teacher. Parents would obviously want to invest in their kid’s development but it is the job of the teacher to invest his/her time and experience in shaping their futures. That is why we believe that the first step towards encouraging the children to participate in the STEM initiative is to train the teachers efficiently about it.
We first need to understand that STEM subjects can’t exist in isolation and just rote learning theory would not get the kids anywhere in the field, given the current technical scenario. We need teachers to understand the need and benefits of STEM education so that they can opt to promote it. It is in their interest because at the end of the day they wouldn’t want to invest all their efforts in a lost cause. We all love to see good results. Especially in times where marks are everything, students focus only on passing the exams and sometimes vomits textbook theories instead of understanding the underlying principles. This also means that even if they score well, they are no good in the industry. We want our teachers to make sure they keep this away from happening. Their job is to inspire the kids and generate an interest in STEM. Without interest, knowledge has no future. We want to build a bright future for our country and we want you to invest in STEM. Help us in helping you. Be a part of our initiative.
Reference: What is STEM?