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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

 

 

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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.”

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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

For More details : http://www.stemchamp.com/summercamp

How can STEM CSR improve the current education system?

Before improving our current education system, let’s take a brief flashback to how education system actually commenced. We can divide Indian Education system into two eras. The first era was the era of Gurukuls (old schools) where royal families used to send their child to somewhere in the jungle in order to learn about life and powers. That education was purely practical and based on studies by implementing. After few centuries, because families didn’t want their child to live in a place having no facilities and to bear difficulties, they started to call the teacher to their home and pay them to teach in their castles only. Book system got a start here; they partly used to learn and memorize shlokas and partly learned through practice. After that Britishers came and they totally changed the method. The system entirely shifted on books and thereafter practical knowledge and teaching just faded away. This is how the rote learning process started and the number of inventions and discoveries decreased with time.

But nowadays people have realized and they have started taking interest in making their child more smart and independent. They want them to be an inventor, not a follower. Today’s education system is not supporting “understanding the concept”, it’s all about how well a student can “memorize the concept” and express what they learned on their answer sheets. STEM Champ is an organization which can help such parents. It supports and provides STEM environment, thereby delivering a better learning experience. Teaching in a way which can make him/her willing to study and learn more is what stem is for. These organizations are aided by corporate social responsibility (CSR). They provide funds and environment to these organizations so that current education system can revamp.

Below are some points depicting how STEM CSR can be beneficial for the education system?

#1  Can Reduce “Parrot-Fashion”

In recent years, schooling has increased the practice of rote learning that is “memorizing the concept” which is not beneficial for the future of the children. But the question is why this rote-learning came into the picture in the first place. That is because there are some things in the world which when you see then you get to know a little fast, and when you do then it creates a space in your mind forever. But somehow in order to make every child a literate person, this could not be possible and bookish learning has become a system even if the organization is full of money and resources. To reduce this Stem CSR has brought the resources in action. They have created labs and made the curriculum in such a way that a student will enjoy learning here.

#2  Increase the number of skilled workers, thereby creating employment opportunities

There is no doubt in the fact that if you learn science technology engineering and mathematics by not only reading but also by doing it, then you learn and acquire fast and clear. Stem learning includes discerning things well, applying concepts etc. This is really helpful in developing their skills. Skilled workers can help with a great share in India’s economy and can convert this country to be called as developed instead of developing.

#3 No Need For Vocational Training

We are aware of the steps of education here in our country. We go to school then college then does a vocational training or internships then complete graduation and then after finishing college, we get a job. Every step is a great adventure of life but we can save time by first completing graduation without doing any training because this is possible with the STEM CSR’s way of training students. Along with learning basics, they provide you the full opportunity to experience and learn up to high level. No company takes you if you don’t have any certificate of any internship. This is just because they know colleges are not teaching students how to work. STEM CSR is providing that. With this system, maybe companies will never ask for the certificate of the internship.

#4 No Fear Of Exams

We often read in the newspaper that students are committing suicide and the reason behind that is they are not performing well in the exams. Exams in today’s education methodology need you to remember well and questions asked are never out of the books. That is the reason every student has just stopped playing and roaming the streets, they spend their whole day reading books. The fear of exams made them a bookworm. This affects their physical and mental health. Stem CSR’s order of education is unique. It encourages children to play and learn not just read and learn. A person can do well when he has enough self-confidence and then also he/she does not have to be afraid of tests. Stem CSR helps you in developing that confidence.

#5 Subjects of Interests

Stem education system first identifies in which field a particular child is interested in and encourage him to study only those subjects. They don’t need to prepare those subjects in which they are least interested.  If a child is not interested in a particular subject then he will give minimum time studying that, this will affect his result and then fear of exams and mental stress. To eradicate this situation CSR brought this method where a student can learn what he/she wants to learn

Wake up! It’s Time to embrace STEM Education and STEM Skills

The whole world is witnessing a great Technological revolution. Wireless technologies to Internet of things (IOT), mobility and healthcare to virtual and augmented reality, we are going through rapid advancements in every field. Added to this, automation has been making our lives easier and less dependent on people.  In days to come, it is unarguable fact that Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) is going to make a livelihood for millions of people.

Indian Economy, driven by IT over the past two decades, is also going to witness a major shift owing to advancements in STEM. An US-based research firm is predicting that India’s IT services industry will lose close to 6.4 lakh (640,000) “low-skilled” jobs to automation in the next five years. The report also stated that 30% of routine, low-value positions are being phased out through automation over the next five years, far outweighing the expected new jobs being created in the medium-high skills area. Clearly, it is time to take a call and develop skills that have future prominence.

It’s the time to embrace STEM and focus on developing right skillset to face next industrial revolution. Developing Skill should be our focus and not the scale. We need to encourage our children to develop a passion towards science, technology and design from an early age since Innovation and creativity are going to be key drivers of Economy. Being a nation that has immense human resources, we have to take right advantage of the situation and embolden our future generations to receive right kind of education in a right way.

The idea of STEM education is to involve kids in creating something worthwhile with their basic knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Their creation could be a solution for millions of people in India. As a developing nation, India needs ideas. If we educate our kids to reach for the moon, they will find a way. The idea is to teach them about using their ‘textbook knowledge’ in a practical approach. Complete education requires a good blend of theory and practical. While theory is required to create a base, it is the practice that will allow the person to grow, think creative and develop an analytical mindset.

The goals of students should shift from getting the highest marks to finding the best solution for an existing problem. They will become more oriented towards doing something for the society, which will work indefinitely in favor of our nation. It is the time we take a call to encourage inquiry-based learning, encourage children to explore and pursue their passions. Every kid is capable of being a STEMCHAMP if the right amount of push is given at right time. Let’s strength our education and our Nation by embracing STEM.

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