Sajeev Karuthody, Director, Edutech India, talks about the importance of STEM education and Edutech’s STEM solutions
With our rote learning based on memorisation technique, we get students to clear examinations but not to make them employable or solve problems of the industry, government or the community.
STEM education is a welcome development in India where we focus on applying what we learn. The experience students gain through hands on learning and simulations bring them closer to real world challenges.
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. STEM is, potentially, the next generation educational powerhouse, and when applied properly, it can make a big difference in how our future leaders see the world and solve problems.
Tool to Get Measurable Outcomes
STEM platforms are a better way to get true measurable outcomes. The objective or theory-based exams only evaluates the understanding of a concept, while STEM goes a step further and ensure that students can understand the concept and apply the same. It can be a great tool to get measurable outcomes, be it inquiry based learning through various sensors and data logging tools, Robotics or visual and applied mathematics through math labs.
The project-based activities can power up elementary, middle or secondary school learning. The lessons are developed to enable students’ skills and understanding in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy. Each activity produces explicit learning outcomes and matches specific graderelated math and science concepts and standards. With some focus on project-based approach, aligning curriculum with STEM activities and platforms, observational assessments and competitions measureable outcomes can be achieved.
One of the innovative and effective methods of teaching the STEM disciplines is through Robotics. Through Robotics, Edutech provides an exciting hands-on/ exploratory learning experience to the students and at the same time help to improve their fundamental science, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Edutech’s STEM Solutions
Edutech offers complete range of STEM products and services covering: world class STEM platforms in the form of hands on tools, hardware based kits etc; activities, project and curriculum aligned content; teacher training and delivery services.
To create awareness and handholding towards these concepts, Edutech STEM+ Studio is first of its kind in India, designed to provide hands on education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Language Arts along with other areas of the curriculum. The studio is aimed to bring together schools, students, teachers, parents, corporates and STEM enthusiasts to provide education based on ‘learning by doing’ that will lasts a lifetime.
Edutech India represent some of the world leading STEM platforms like LEGO Education, Vernier, PITSCO, Makerbot 3D printing, etc that are aligned with various learning outcome standards across the world like Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Concepts of STEM are imparted through projects and activities covering fundamentals of science and maths through hands-on learning, Robotics, Aeromodelling, Electricity and Renewable Energy, Programming and Electronics, Language Arts and Storytelling, Makerspace and Fablabs, Game design and Apps development 3D printing and many more. STEM Studio programmes are delivered in flexible formats designed to meet students and school convenience of: after school programme, weekend Programme, in school programme, competition training and teachers training and train the trainer programmes.