Maybe you’ve heard of STEM, but what about STEAM? And do you know the difference?
What is STEM?
STEM, as you probably know, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, and there’s a growing emphasis on it in education. This is largely because there are skills gaps in science and tech that need filling as a matter of urgency. STEM learning has a lot of benefits, like teaching children how to think critically, problem solve, and work as a team which are important skills for life.
If your kids tell you science is boring, now would be a good time to tell them just how many things they use, or that exist in their daily lives would be impossible without scientific discoveries. From the electricity that powers their TV and computer games, to the car you take them to school in, life would be very different without scientific innovation. Here are just some of the ways we use science in every day life.
Not every child learns best from a text book, so it’s important that different learning styles are catered for. Otherwise, some children can feel excluded and end up not doing as well as they could. If parents understand their child’s learning style, they can choose fun ways to help them learn that suits their learning style. Do you know your child’s learning style?
The Scottish Government is set to look at the importance of teaching STEM to young children as part of an inquiry into the impact of STEM subjects and how successfully they are being delivered. MSPs from the Education and Skills Committee will specifically look at which STEM subjects are being taught to children aged between three and seven, how they improve their future prospects, whether teachers feel confident in teaching STEM concepts, the success of different STEM initiatives, and how best practice can be shared.
When you went to school, all you probably had in your classroom was a blackboard and some dog-eared textbooks, but how times have changed!
Today’s kids are using technology pretty much as soon as they can talk, and because they’re comfortable with it, laptops, tablets, and other technologies are being increasingly used in the classroom.
Whether you’re a fan of technology or not, the fact is, it’s here to stay, and kids need to develop the skills to use it to improve their future job prospects. The way to teach kids these skills is to bring technology into the classroom. Let’s look at how technology is changing the face of learning.