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Education must be interdisciplinary, like reality

June 08, 2016
Here you will find two examples of this approach during last week training course.

What is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

The four disciplines are Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

 

Philosophy of STEM

These four disciplines are not separate subjects, they are integrated in STEM. Advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have long been in the centre of the World. To produce products, to manufacture better, to have smarter products, to improve the health care, to develop new energy sources and to grow the economy it is essential to lead in STEM. Today, education is leading to STEM workforce to achieve this goal. The engagement in STEM and inspire and equip many more students to excel in STEM is crucial. It is important as the jobs of the future are STEM jobs. Success in science and innovation. Discovering water on developing the Internet, without a skilled and creative STEM workforce. People have the skills and knowledge to invent, build, install, and operate those new Technologies. The goal is to get the students from starting position in science and math to the top of the pack in the international arena.  Our society is changing and the world generally is changing. Traditional jobs are disappearing. Jobs that require STEM skills are on constant rise. With this demand there are few people or human resource with STEM skills.

 

What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education?

It is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. As mentioned before, STEM education begins while students are very young. STEM is an educational program developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills. The main message was that our world is changing, and traditional jobs were disappearing while STEM jobs are constantly rising.

 

 

What should we do?

We live in a world where science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play critical roles in every job, every home, and every aspect of advanced learning. The integration of STEM disciplines is critical for all students, not just those who are naturally proficient in math and science. There is need to construct learning environments that are based on real life problems. These learning environment must encourage students to work as teams. These learning environment must make attempts to solve real world problems.

 

The learning environment should promote interdisciplinary learning of concepts that are available across the school curriculum. All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders. Now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines. STEM focuses on perceived education quality shortcomings in these fields, with the aim of increasing the supply of qualified high-tech workers. , it is important to ensure these students have a learning environment that lifts the ceiling and fosters potential to lead to creative and productive futures in STEM.

 

Relevant

Education and robotics are problem solving. One of the problem of Israel was lack of water and thus lead students to find out new solutions and they invented robots organising the heat of the water while having a shower. This example shows that collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and excellence is all together in STEM education going hand hand with tech literacy.

 


Intelitek solution

Programming/coding for robotics is a learning environment that cultivates interdisciplinary learning. With this solution, students find themselves designing, measuring, observing and calculating and these are all concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics -STEM. This solution (programming robots- Robotics) is very relevant because robots are created to solve real life problems. Computer programming or coding is making a comeback in curriculum around the world in response to industry concerns about previous ICT courses

 

Intelitek programming platform :Coderz

Coderz is an online tool. It is available online and anybody can sign-up to create an account. This means students can access their Coderz account whenever they want, wherever they are. Coderz is great for both beginners and experts. Newbies start with Blocky Programming while more advanced users can choose more advanced programming tools like java etc. Coderz is an innovative, easy to use web-based learning environment. It provides students a strong foundation to high-demand, real-world technologies. As an online platform, Coderz is a solution for schools looking to make robotics and programming education accessible to any student.

 

Our Coding experience

All the participants opened a Coderz account. We signed in and started coding.  Since most of us were newbies, were used blocks. We went over Coderz interface, tools and we all programmed a robot. 


Lesson Learned

·         STEM skills are a scarce skills

·         We have to give children STEM skills at a young age

·         Students should, in the process of learning, try to solve real world problems

·         We have to encourage students to work in teams

 

Another exmaple was the session with Dr Oved Kedem, who came an introduced Science and creativity. Talking about science for developing children Dr Kadem said science should be used as a tool for learning.

 

 In his presentation he explained a lot of theories and performed a lot of experiments. Dr Kedem outlined that to carry out an experiment one does not necessarily need expensive resources. One ought to make do with available resources. This he demonstrated himself by using items such as money clips, bunch of keys, disposable cups etc. to perform experiment that made complex concepts to be very simple. For him, the most important problem is that In most countries science is thought something that can be poured into students mind. It should be free, mind playing, and have the ability to SURPRİSE. Science is an experiment.


As Dr Kedem carried out experiments, he involved the whole class. The whole class participated. He allowed every single individual to see, to hear and to feel the result of every experiment. Kedem’s creativity made this activities interesting and thought-provoking and participants have always been keen to see the goal or end results.  There were plenty of talk about making our children more creative to prepare for the jobs for the 21st century. Rather than teaching our children to memorize facts, we need to make sure they are engaged in creative problem solving, as this has a direct link to an increase in creative learning. When we provide children with tools and programs through to create or resolve problems, without the restriction of having a right answer.

 

Lessons learned

·         Lack of resources must not stop us from making learning science fun.

·         Student must participate in the experiment. They must take part, see, hear and feel the results of the experiments.

·         Be creative 


Group members: 
Turkey, Mehmet Fatih Doger, Botswana, Nicodemus Merafha, Nepal, Satya Bahadur Shrestha and Philippines, Rodel Ramos Rivera.