The disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math constitute and play important roles in our lives. Popularly referred to as STEM as in the acronym, nobody can claim to be untouched by them and that is why the importance of stem education in India is being looked at more seriously than ever before.
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The global world needs talent that can measure up
We are in a digital world that is constantly throwing up new opportunities and challenges. If we have to provide a work force for the future to address the requirements in this global world, we have to take the right steps today. We cannot afford to fall back on archaic systems of education delivery that relies more on rote learning and memory recitation. It has been proved beyond doubt that this system does not provide the thinkers, innovators or inventors that the world is seeking.
We have not adopted the best practices that are currently on in the global educational field. Our children at most schools still rely on reading text books, memorizing them and reproducing content at exams that test only the retention capacity of the children but not the understanding of the subject matter.
It is time to go digital with STEM – Importance of stem education in Indian Preschool curriculum.
There is urgent need to introduce the concepts of STEM at preschool and nursery levels. That is because the concepts of STEM can be best understood and enjoyed by children who do not have preconceived ideas of these subjects. When these are introduced later, some of the children may have already developed some kind of fear or aversion to these subjects based on hearsay.
This is where the concept of digital learning comes in and makes the process much easier. Instead of using the conventional blackboard technique, teachers should be made to embrace modern digital audio visual equipment to impart education. Virtual and Augmented Reality concepts are now very much in force and education can be made enjoyable as well as engaging to children making use of these concepts.
STEM subjects are not easy to assimilate
There is no doubt that the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math are not easy to learn and pick up. Unless they are introduced to children in a manner that is interactive and interesting, children will not take to them. Early exposure to these subjects through subject content and delivery by the right teachers in an environment that is congenial will enable children to learn these subjects.
A strong base and good knowledge of the concepts in these subjects among children will provide us the next batch of innovators, scientists, engineers and inventors. Today we are faced with a talent gap not only in children but also teachers. The demand for excellent teachers who can impart education in STEM subjects is increasing exponentially and there is a need to make the profession of teaching a viable and sought after one by the government. Only this will encourage more among us to take up teaching as a full time profession.