- By Dwaipayan, 06 May 2021 | 5 MIN READ
Do you have kids interested in life sciences? We asked Akash Jain a lovable father and a graduate in genetic engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio to share his favorite activities!
Akash works with animal models to study how molecular mechanisms in the brain impact behavior and cognition. As an active blogger and a wonderful dad, he hopes to encourage other kids to be interested in STEM [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics]
Every time we talk about learning based on real-world applications, STEM is the curriculum that fits the frame. STEM is a curriculum designed on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and pragmatic approach.
Today, students live in a world of constant simulations. Whether it’s gaming, social media, or television, they are mostly hooked in a very interactive world of entertainment, visualization, and great connectivity.
STEM is undoubtedly the differentiator that applies more in blended learning opportunities. It helps students to focus on real-world applications of problem-solving and computational thinking.
In the Indian context, STEM education is just at a nascent stage, so the training of teachers in STEM pedagogy plays a critical role in the success of the program.
How will students benefit from STEM CURRICULUM?
STEM lessons are purely based on real-life learning experiences. For example, a lesson plan in STEM could be a picture of freight-carrying goods. The students would then be asked to work on the experiment with different materials and computer-aided designs to build a model boat capable of holding a certain amount of weight. This would able students to incorporate math or science to reach out specific measurements and design, the students will also have to keep a certain budget for their materials as well.
The experiment runs with the STEM concept to help students to understand how real-world engineers persistently improvise to achieve better results.
STEM learning can foster creativity in students and offers a sea of opportunities to learn the fundamental of the “trial and error” method. The type of education supports student engagement, critical thinking skills, and workforce skills. Students in a STEM classroom imbibe a new type of learning route, which entails them being flexible in reaching a solution. Students are encouraged to deviate from the lesson plan at times, depending on the direction the students’ investigations and decisions take them.
Accepting failures while learning
One of the attitudes in STEM learning is accepting failures, taking risks, and experimenting, knowing that they might not get it right. The best part is everyone in the classroom feels safe in taking risks. Failure inculcates success. STEM education is a trans-disciplinary approach. By using trans-disciplinary, STEM learners become active participants who use problem-solving abilities and critical thinking in reaching out the desired result.
STEM is the next big thing! Why?
• Experimental learning can bring out the best talent in a student.
• subjects like math and science could be made interesting by incorporating the use of practical equipment.
• Activity-based learning will be much effective and rewarding when comes to a classroom level.
• K12 education is finding its space in the curriculums because of its demand.
The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are together considered to be the bedrock of a progressive society. The biggest challenge in the education sector of India is the sizeable young population that lives in economically challenging conditions. However, the government is taking the initiative with programs like Skill India, Digital India, Atal Innovation Mission-Tinkering Labs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed to see STEM gaining enough momentum in the coming time.
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