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April 2017

Role of STEM Education in improving the economy

 

As the time is passing by, there are many factors involved in disturbing the economy of the country. One of the major factors is the unemployment rate in India, which generally hindering growth rate of India. Unemployment is not because we don’t have jobs, nor we have people to work, the problem is students lack key skills or abundant requirement for the job. As the start-up era, Make in India is on the rise, it will continue providing jobs for the students and professionals in future too. This unemployment problem is called the “job-skills gap”. One of the solutions to eradicate the “job-skills” gap is STEM Education.

When we look at STEM (Science Education Engineering and Mathematics) to solve this unhealthy economic rate of the country, we can definitely get the solution. STEM Education can be the most awaited change we need in our education curriculum. STEM Education involves rigorous practice with clear identification of concepts, which help in the practical application of technical concepts. Generally, there are no existing algorithms involved while teaching STEM lessons, as kids are asked to come up with their own. STEM makes a person far more than sufficient for a job and well acquainted with related job skills. STEM Education is the key to innovation and economic development of the country by transforming ideas and imaginations and providing them in form of services and products. Some changes in our education system to eradicate unemployment in future can be:

  • Introducing rigorous math and science lessons with new standards and brain-storming assessments
  • Recruiting skilled teachers and instructors
  • Providing a platform for STEM students, where they can break and make new things, this would give them a space to explore their creativity and imagination
  • By making people aware about STEM Education and how it can change the future of education
  • Establishing more STEM institutes to foster growth and development

The growth rate of STEM jobs alone is 17 percent, whereas in other areas it is just 10 percent. Pursuing STEM Education can be the choice of a lifetime as it is a booming education sector and the next revolution idea. It is generally preferred to work in a growing or booming industry, rather than going for the already existing sectors, as the growing or blooming industries have less competition as compared to the existing sectors, which can lead to faster promotion and chances of success is very high. If we have a skill which fits in the growing sector (STEM Education), we don’t have to focus on barriers and liabilities. The only things we need to do is revise and update ourselves. STEM Education somewhere somehow helps in implanting the required expectations of the technical job positions. Be it scholastic skills or non-scholastic skills, STEM helps us in becoming a better version of ourselves. In STEM Education, kids are supposed to be technical developers instead of being consumers of technology. The idea is to make kids job and business proficient, so that they can rise and shine in their field. This is only possible when kids are well-acquainted with technology and have a proactive attitude to answer questions and tackle obstacles.

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Importance of STEM Education for Elementary grades

As the technical dependence is increasing, the young generation is losing its charm and way to new skills. We are lagging behind many nations in STEM (Science Education Technology and Mathematics) related fields and we need to something to do about that. In our current education, kids are taught thousands of problems with the same approach and algorithm which makes a student quite passive towards studies. Suppose we go to a valley for fishing, then what is the best way to teach your kid to fish? Will you fish for him lifetime? Or keep on gifting him new fishes as he grew up? The answer is definitely “no”, as this makes your kid less interesting in fishes, as he had no efforts in dealing with fishing. Instead of giving fishes, why don’t we teach them how to fish in a proper manner, with hundreds of techniques and practice sessions? Now compare the same scenario with the education system, the education system is fishing and new courses it offers are fishes. In it, the method of fishing and technique is STEM Education. As simple as that! STEM help us in solving a problem in a number of organized ways. This improves critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Creativity is another aspect, which needs to be amplified in each kid’s mind. People with creativity unleash the best of them in the time of their lives. Creativity simply means doing something in a unique way and maintaining originality in every firm. Creativity in class evolves innovative thinking in students, which thereby helps in discovering the super-scientist in them! Project-based learning helps kids in innovating and improving their creative skills. In STEM kids practice lots of activities and get group project assignments. These small educational changes can initiate a self of being an engineer and realizing one’s responsibility at a very early age. Also, STEM gives elementary school students a space to explore and play with science. For example, in STEM kids are asked to perform a number of experiments like glowing a bulb with the help of potato, make a prototype of the greenhouse effect and much more, which makes them concern about the global issues and find ways to eradicate them. STEM teachers, which are a bit different from other teachers, try their best to make kids understand concepts and ask them to perform activities on their own. When someone does an experiment on his own, he might fail many times, but in the end, he would be able to understand what the real learning aspects of the experiment are and would feel a sense of achievement in the end, after completion of the experiment.

Teaching STEM in elementary classes opens the door for teachers and students to become tomorrow’s leaders and followers. By 2020, students with strong foundation in STEM (Science Education Technology and Mathematics) will play a major role in India’s competitiveness and economic stability. Teachers can teach kids the basic aspects of problem-solving, in order to provide kids a competitive edge. STEM also assists you in abiding the natural law “ Survival of Fittest” and prepares you to be a youth icon and inspire the coming generation to make the impossible possible! That’s the power of STEM and thus it becomes mandatory to make students learn STEM skills from elementary schools to channelize their potential and realize their dreams.

 

Why is STEM Education so important?

STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is an important part of our lives. The way the universe functions, playing all its vital roles and manifesting improvement around, can be well-explained with the help of STEM Education. Have you ever felt that everything around us is result or aspect of STEM EDUCATION? Yes, plants, animals, landscapes, climate and the utilization of resources help us in understanding how Science is our very own world. Smartphones, televisions and continuous rise in networking system of India, depicts the importance of Technology, which is enhancing gradually day by day. Engineering Design assist architect in designing bridges, roads, and residential places, besides this engineering models help in solving social issues like global warming and kinds of pollution. Moving on, when we go to the bank or a grocery shop, we find Mathematics there, cause without it the economy measures would have been disturbed. Without mathematics, the daily routine wouldn’t be the same, as we wouldn’t have an idea of planning a budget and maintaining a balance between expenditures and savings. STEM is important as it riddles with every single aspect of our life.

STEM is the future of education and thereby becomes the future of our children. The way STEM education curriculum is designed is to make sure, a child grabs all the fundamental concepts in the class itself and uses them wherever, in whichever problem required. By 2025, jobs of utmost importance are those of biomedical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer engineers, civil engineers, economic and finance officials. It is crystal clear, that most of the jobs need STEM Education for a clear base and acknowledge great application of concepts. For a proper career, one needs a proper orientation to get desired results, as one can’t win a marathon by running at maximum speed but in opposite direction. A firm re-thinking and stability of mind are required while tackling a complex problem. These important skills are taught in STEM Education at a very early age. Stipulating STEM as the direction of your education can prove to be a blessing for your character. One learns the practical application of concepts, theories, and ideas through STEM Education. With the advancement of technology, one has to be well equipped with relevant skills to get the desired job, as one can’t simply put their life on the edge of formulas and rote learning. That time was a bit different, have a look at the resources around you. Are the resources same as they were explained in your textbooks? The answer is no, with the advancement of science and technology, everything changed its basic form and operation.

STEM careers truly help other professions and communities in sorting out global issues and finding solutions to the complex problems. Scientists and researchers across the world are working hard in order to utilize resources in a sustainable manner. Several problems like global warming, sudden climate change, cancer and social issues can be solved via STEM Education. When we fight alone with a big problem, there are chances we’ll lose, but if we recognize and try to solve a problem collectively, most likely the probability of winning will be in favor of us. That’s the power of STEM Education, which if integrated into our curriculum properly, can change the Indian Education system forever.

Why is early STEM Education important?

Have you ever thought why most people are afraid of Science and Mathematics? It is because they are taught the right way. Students are of two types. One who belong to the learning part and the other who go to the application part. Unfortunately, the Indian education system emphasizes more on the learning part rather than making kids engage in fruitful skill teaching activities. So what does science actually mean? For young learners, science is a just elongation of the everyday world. We don’t have to teach kids to think and discover about everything because they do it naturally. Nothing in this world is better than unlocking the secrets of nature and they can be unlocked with the help of science. Science has always been fun if it’s represented in the right way. When kids explore science on their own under the guidance of a science teacher, they end up learning all the basic concepts from childhood itself.

STEM and Experience

When people say they don’t like science, its most probably they had a bad experience with science. It was the experience which implanted a belief that science is tough and not applicable. Individuals are light manifestations of their beliefs. What they believe in they implement accordingly on the perception of their beliefs. If kids are taught science in a fun manner by asking questions, assessing them practically, exploring together and using creative problem solving, then they will definitely have good experience in science and would encourage them to learn about science. On the other side, amazing learning experiences do become unforgettable experiences and inspires kids to explore science on their own. It’s impossible to erase bad experience one may have with science but it can replace by good experiences in the long run. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) helps kids to learn science through an interactive, engaging and exploring curriculum.

STEM and Educators

When it comes to teaching science early, teachers have enormous impact over shaping the thoughts and opinions of children. According to scientists, kids form an opinion about science (positive or negative) at the age of 7 only. So teaching the STEM lessons at the early age can prove to be a great asset for them in the future. Teaching science is not just an option it’s a necessity today to make children realize why science is a great fun and helps us to solve numbers of global issues technically. STEM Educator has the responsibility to create amazing experiences that will have a lasting impact on our students throughout their school life. The role of STEM Educator is to incarnate the potential of a kid in science and take his/her skills to a next level. Good teachers teach how to do it and great teachers teach why. The idea behind STEM education is not to make kids learn about facts and histories but to influence kids to learn change and grow.

STEM is the future of education and fosters the growth of great scientists, artists, engineers, designers and teachers. The youth is the future of our nation and the coming generation will represent the skills they learned, developed and inherited through us. So it becomes our responsibility to understand the need of STEM education and think how we can optimize STEM skills for our children.

We at STEMCHAMP believe every child has the potential to become the greatest in his/her field. That’s why we prepare kids for the future through early STEM lessons and give them enjoyable and learning SCIENCE experiences. To know more about STEM CHAMP, visit www.stemchamp.com and if you have any query regarding STEM Education you can mail us at info@stemchamp.com

Making girls future ready with STEM Education

Women and Girls, from time to time are underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Statistics wise the number of girls in STEM fields is quite less and is very disappointed being a part of a developing country. The reasons why girls are not interested in STEM is still not clear and need to be acknowledged clearly. As the concern for STEM Education is gradually increasing across the globe, it becomes more imperative for us to think and find solutions to fill the gap between girls and STEM Education.

The less female participation in STEM fields is not because girls don’t score pretty well in science or they don’t understand much. In fact, girls do score more in STEM fields and pass exams like GRE or SAT, but the problem is they’re prone with non-stem fields because they are easy to understand and don’t need much effort to replicate. This highlights the position of educators and instructors to focus on how girls will get interested in STEM, rather than focusing on their understanding and STEM skills, as they are already well-acquainted with it. Engaging girls in STEM Education will help in channelizing their potential and will help them in achieving their daily goals.

Be it schools or an engineering high class, we often find the number of girls is quite less than the number of boys. This is not because girls don’t have required assets or ability to do well in life or boys do well in STEM fields. The reason is girls are of creative and fiction nature, they like fields where they learn something in form of a story or a presentation. However, people in the past used to teach STEM fields in a very basic and strict curriculum based manner, which made girls disinterested in STEM fields. This created a form of an image in their minds like “Science is boring, as it has a lot of theories” which is again just a mere false belief. Science is great fun if thought in the right manner in form of thoughts and presentations. Story-telling or presentation learning can help in igniting the hidden potential of STEM career in a female child. If we don’t grow, evolve or change through time, we end up suffering. This is why the world has a great diversity today. People are diversified in terms of economy, knowledge, experience and belief. In a similar manner, if we fail to understand the need and concern for STEM Education, we may hinder our child to get the best in his/her life

Research suggests that storytelling activates brain more than word recognition or simple basic theory. Storytelling in science helps in redefining our acts, goals and pushes us to the need of the situation. This is unquestionably the best way to make girls future ready with STEM Education and spread contributions and success everywhere. If we change the way the science theory is presented; the old and uninteresting way into a more colorful, interactive and profound manner, girls will start discovering how important STEM is for their future.

We at STEMCHAMP understand the need and concern for STEM Education. The idea is to realize that education has the power to reshape and modify the way the globe functions.

Engaging girls in STEM Education

There is a belief in our society that girls don’t belong in STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). Learning becomes sophisticated when we link concepts with gender identity. People keep on saying that girls don’t have much aptitude to solve complex problems, they are just meant to do creative things and relate everything with adorable appearances. But that’s thinking is terribly wrong as STEM Education has nothing to do with gender identity. STEM teaches the basic engineering and technical skills and prepares children for high profile jobs. We have fallen behind many nations because there are only a few girls who are involved in STEM Education because parents think that technology and girl’s approach are poles apart.

This needs to change as it affects nation’s performance and reduces global rankings. There are many successful female CEO who are doing excellent because of STEM Education. This is where they realized their STEM Career and understand what they want to do with their life. Many statistics expert states that all the high paid profile jobs belong to STEM-skilled people. This reason is as technology is reinventing itself briskly one can’t stand alone on existing algorithms to outsource employment. If we want to attract the brightest of minds in STEM field, we need to look forward the female population. More women can contribute in this field and we can help make this happen. Here are some strategies we can adopt to foster female education.

#1 All age-group participation

 

Exposing girls to STEM Education at a tender age can help in eradicating old beliefs and can encourage girls to pursue STEM career. Administers and educators are responsible for creating a suitable healthy environment where girls can come and learn new skills. Age is shouldn’t act as an obstacle to learning and grasping scientific concepts. Science is fun if thought in the right manner generally it’s a hoax that science is so tough as it contains many algorithms and equations.

#2 Engaging them in workshops

 

Nothing can be thought in a right manner if it’s explained in theories only. Ironically that’s the problem with Indian education system. Many workshops and STEM summer camps should be organized so more and more kids will get to know what is STEM and how it can change their life. When kids are excited into something they start unlocking their potential and optimize their talent accordingly.

#3 Summer camps

 

Many international organizations have started focusing on STEM girls education and increase participation in male-dominated fields. Summer camps are organized by STEM Institutes which provide a chance for girls to learn about STEM and different possibilities for them to acquire it as a profession. The basic reason is to help girls succeed in all the organization and demolish thoughts like gender-identity. This will prove as an important shift in thinking and start a women revolution. Many communities across the globes like Society of Women Engineers; Women in Technology and Association of Women foster Women STEM Education and promote women welfare.

 

We at STEM CHAMP believe that each kid is special and has the potential to excel in life. Education shouldn’t be biased through faults like gender identity and should be encouraged from young age itself. This is how our STEM world works. To know more about our education curriculum, programs, workshops and summer camps go to our website: www.stemchamp.com

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