STEM is an activity based module for educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics, these four different branches are merged together into a comprehensive learning program based on real world applications.
STEM education revolutionized the concept of learning and has taken to a different level and here’s article by Ravi pagar from The Regional Director of element14 : Why STEM education is necessary in the Indian education sector ? Children automatically develop their interest in STEM fields at an average age of eight. This is due to the fact that technology, gadgets and gizmos fascinate them.
How early kids should begin STEM education ?
STEM learning fits in every grade level because the material is adaptable to the developmental age of the child. You may think there is no way for a child that young to engage in advanced engineering or mathematical concepts, but kindergartners have been doing algebra forever. You won’t see four and five-year-olds huddled in groups as they fervently work out quadratic equations, but you will see them solving for X.
Students are capable of learning far more than you think they can. Most teachers will tell you that children will rise up to the standard you set, so you may as well elevate the bar for learning.
And that brings us to STEM education in early childhood. That’s right – early childhood is the perfect time to begin science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction.
What does early STEM education look like?
Here are more ways young children can participate in STEM learning:
- Science – Give students the chance to explore and understand the world around them with a variety of lessons in science.
- Technology – Something as small as being able to differentiate between serifed and non-serifed fonts is a critical thinking skill learned in early childhood.
- Engineering –Building a structure from given materials is an example of engineering.
- Mathematics—Teach lessons that incorporate number sense and representation.
STEM lessons engage young students, satisfying the natural curiosity of a child, through fun, interesting and hands on projects. Begin the lessons early.
A proverb from the Buddha states, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It’s about having the right teacher at the right time, and early childhood can be the right time for STEM.