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.
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.