Lately we hear a lot of talks and columns being written on STEM education. Before his term finished, Barrack Obama also came out with his views on STEM education as vital to our future and the future of a nation. In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important, as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past. For the uninitiated, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation; in every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM- related concepts, they are likely to develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.
It might be a good idea to consider STEM education right from the elementary levels at school, even though at this stage, the children do not really worry about their career and are more into playing games and making friends. So how we create interest for STEM education in the early stages of learning?
Here are few tips that may be of help to students in creating interest in STEM education:
Make STEM experimental and Fun: Students love to experiment, so teaching science and math outside of their textbooks in an experimental manner may interest students in science and math.CBSE class 8 Science study material provides number of experiments that helps students to engage in science and other subjects.
Consider gender differences: For some, being a scientist or working with technology are things that are associated with boys only. STEM education needs to address the special needs of girls and show them they can enjoy STEM activates, that they is place for unique for them in the world of STEM.
Girls want to make a difference, so give them hands-on, real–world problem-solving activities to show STEM is relevant and fun.
Approach STEM through multiple paths of engagement: STEM isn’t only about doing science experiments or solving mathematical problems. It is also about constructing a roller coaster, marble
run, or Rube Goldberg machine. It is also figuring out new cooking recipes, designing furniture or clothing. Interest and engagement in STEM can be increased if educators offer STEM activities based on students interests.