The Myths About STEM
STEM contributes so much to our world, yet STEM subjects are still woefully unpopular, especially with girls. One of the reasons for this is that there are myths around STEM subjects, that make kids think they are boring or just not for them. The reality is that STEM subjects can help kids discover new interests and get into rewarding careers.
Here are some common myths about STEM subjects:
1. You need to be very academic to do well in STEM subjects
The truth is that people in STEM fields don’t need to be geniuses. They just need to be people who are able to learn from mistakes and come up with a new approach to solving problems. Just because a student might believe they aren’t academically intelligent, it doesn’t mean they won’t succeed.
2. STEM learning is all done from textbooks
While it’s true that some learning of theory, concepts, and terminology from textbooks is needed, STEM learning is most effective when it’s hands-on, and students can see how it’s applied to the real world. For example, what better way to learn about plants than by growing some? What better way to learn how coding works than to create a website? What better way to learn about engineering than to build a functioning model or robot?
3. STEM subjects aren’t creative.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about STEM. The ability to think outside of the box requires creativity, solving problems demands creativity, and think of the engineers who design buildings and bridges that look like works of art. Can we say that they aren’t at all creative?
4.‘I don’t want to study STEM because I don’t want to be a scientist’
There are a huge range of careers open to people with STEM skills, and no, you don’t have to be a scientist to do them! You could work in research, medicine, computer programming, animation, engineering, finance-the possibilities are endless!
Technology is advancing rapidly, and pretty soon, the demand for STEM skills is going to exceed the supply. Parents and teachers can do their bit to get kids interested in STEM as early as possible to close the skills gap and give them the prospect of a much brighter future.
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