STEM and STEAM are the new buzzwords in education in Hong Kong. HK Schools, after-school activity courses, and tutors are all jumping on the bandwagon offering more and more exciting collaborations, offerings, and innovative learning options for kids and teens. Check out Little Steps Guide to STEAM And STEM Education, Classes, And Courses In Hong Kong to get you and your kids on the right path and see which programs are right for you.
WHAT IS STEM VS STEAM?
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are becoming essential subjects when looking at your child’s future. Challenging this is the addition of the Arts – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). On average students who include the arts in their studies can add up to 98 points on their SATS, so what’s not to love about that. We all know the jobs we have today won’t be the same when our kids start working. So how will STEM and STEAM help them?
Here are some stats from the University of Florida.
*Students who study arts for 4 years in high school score 98 points higher on the SATs compared to those who study the same for half a year or less.
*Students who took up music appreciation scored 61 points higher on the verbal section and 42 points higher on the math section.
*Training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. Students learn to approach issues with a critical mind and a positive attitude towards problem-solving. Exposure to the arts enhances communication skills, which are essential tools for collaboration. It develops flexibility and adaptability.
WHY IS STEM VS STEAM SO VALUABLE?
STEM and STEAM have emerged as two of the principal routes into proving an excellent education and well-rounded students. Job forecasts identify considerable increases in jobs requiring secondary and post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics over the coming years. By bringing STEM and STEAM into the classroom, students will have many more opportunities.
Some of the tools students will have access to are:
*MEA’s -Model Eliciting Activities have 5 characteristics: model eliciting, open-ended, generalizable, realistic, self-assessable
*Project-Based Learning: Includes reflection, research, discovery, application, and communication
*Discussion and inquiry
*Question and conjecture
*Justification of thinking
*Writing for reflection and problem solving
*Use a problem-solving approach
*Teach as a facilitator
*Use assessment as part of the instruction
There are a lot of exciting companies offering unique programs in both STEM and STEAM. Not only are they useful skills, but kids absolutely love it too. Some of our favorite programs in the area are below. You should also check out our full guide on CODING and ROBOTICS Classes in Hong Kong!
If you want to give your kids the best possible start, then give them a helping hand a home. Start them young with building blocks and as they get older move them on to LEGO. Robotic LEGO is a great way for your kids to build their own robots and understand how it all works.
There are also some awesome TV shows which the Little Steps team loves to watch.