In this post we'll briefly discuss what is STEAM education, why has it become
important very important in this current age and what steps should we take to expose students towards this field?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
So what's so special about this?
It is special in the sense that the
STEAM field encourages students into thinking about the problem, conceptualizing the solution, building on the solution, failing once or twice or more, then reassessing about the approach and repeat.
Our current education seems to under-emphasize this concept and instead gets lost in some curriculum.
There are different methods, techniques but the core idea remains the same. So now we know a bit about what is STEAM education. Let's understand why has it become important these days.
Importance of STEAM
According to this report by an economics forecast company Oxford Economics, robotics will displace 20 million jobs worldwide. This roughly represents 8.5% of the global manufacturing source. We just can't ignore this. We should not. Given the pace at which technology is advancing these predictions appear to be true to the present.
So what's the solution? Be creative. Think Critically.
What does thinking critically mean?
Critically thinking is the process of understanding, analyzing a set of observations and then coming up with some solutions or insights.
How all of these apply to a kid's education? Why should you bother all these things about your child? The answer is clear. They need to be prepared for the future. Currently, they are learning skills that will become obsolete. That's why we need to take steps towards this problem.
Students at an early age behave like a sponge, ready to absorb from every experience they have.
They are critical thinkers naturally. But here is the catch. This aspect doesn't last for long, for a mind to remain curious it has to be consistently fanned and fueled, absence of this will cause the critical thinking and curiosity to fade away slowly.
Last question, what steps should we take to expose kids towards this field?
We need our teachers and parents who can arouse curiosity, develop their thought process, help them understand the working of small devices to this humongous universe and so on.
In short, we should look to encourage every student's process to be a critical thinker, innovator, maker, and last but not the least we help them create the future.