STEM education is all about connecting classroom activities and experiences to real-life opportunities. Instead of treating science, technology, engineering and mathematics as separate subjects, it’s a cross-disciplinary approach that is all about solving problems.
STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts. The focus on hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st-century skills. 21st-century skills include media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative. Other skills attained through STEM education include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more.
Regardless of the future career path considered by these children, these skill sets go a long way to preparing them to be innovative. Students from Sekolah Rendah Rafflesia Puchong participated in the STEM week organised by the science and mathematics department. They collaborated with each other to design projects such as, paper rocket, habitat diorama, and popsicle tower.
Here’s a snippet of their creations!