Hear it from students and teachers on why they love STEM education.
STEM has been a hot topic in education in recent years. It’s short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. If you mix in “Art”, it becomes STEAM. It is a merger of subjects with the goal of developing technical and critical thinking skills for modern learners.
At Wiz, we could go on for days about our love of STEM education and how we are constantly being amazed by the creativity and knowledge that our students have shown us. Instead of us raving on and on about this subject, I asked our students why they think taking STEM classes is amazing.
Here is what they told me:
It is fun! Building and being creative, what is there to not like?
“One of the best ways to learn and have fun is rolling up my sleeves and starting working. Whether it is coding, building a robot or designing a 3D masterpiece there is just an endless amount of fun.”
“I love playing games and learning different courses. STEM is a way for me to explore my hobbies of playing games and also building games.”
The best way for children to learn is to let them be creative. Creativity drives motivation for children to learn. STEM education is one of the best ways for children to pick up new skills while having fun.
It is a great way to learn programming.
“Learning to code was scary and very confusing. It gave me the opportunity to learn by setting bite-sized goals. Learning STEM skills helped develop my coding skills.”
Learning programming can sound like a daunting task even for adults. STEM classes is a great way to break it down. Nothing motivates everyone more than celebrating small milestones.
“I find that mixing programming with other engineering and creative building tasks made me realize coding can be fun!”
STEM lets your imagination run wild.
“I find learning STEM skills gives me an opportunity to express myself and really explore what I like to design and build.”
“Learning about different sensors, I can link different technologies to make my own inventions!”
Future jobs and career paths.
“My parents are engineers and I see a clear path that learning STEM will help in developing my education for my future career.”
With super heroes like Iron Man, children are continuously looking up to a future in STEM fields. Starting STEM education at a young age would provide children with an opportunity to explore their interests and further develop their passion.
“I want to become a Robotics Engineer and learning STEM helps me understand the code all the way to the mechanical aspects.”
Robots are everywhere!
Stay calm —we don’t have robot takeovers… (yet!)
Just take a look around the house and you’ll realize that robots are actually everywhere and they are not going away any time soon.
“From exploration to AI to life saving robots, we are relying on robots more and more. I find learning STEM really connects me with what is going on in the world.”
“I see robots from our vacuum to robots helping the elderly. I think learning STEM really helps me keep my eyes open to looking at new technology and robots.”
At Wiz, I get to work with really amazing technology and the the smartest, and most passionate students. We want to take STEM education to the next level by encouraging our students to incorporate more creativity and imagination in their creations. This is why we are hosting a brand new edition of the Wiz Prodigy Online STEM Competition for 2022.
The theme of this year’s Wiz Prodigy is around space expeditions. Participants will get an opportunity to create their own AI motion-controlled exploration rover using Wiz’s robotics kit. More information about the competition can be found on the Wiz Prodigy website.
We can’t wait to see what a future of STEM would bring!