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STEAM, STEM, And Science Education, Classes, And Courses In Hong Kong *UPDATED

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STEAM and STEM Education In hong Kong

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

*Hands-on learning

*Cooperative learning

*Discussion and inquiry

*Question and conjecture

*Justification of thinking

*Writing for reflection and problem solving

*Use a problem-solving approach

*Integrate technology

*Teach as a facilitator

*Use assessment as part of the instruction

 

  • STEM and STEAM in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG STEM, STEAM, SCIENCE COURSES AND CLASSES:

    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!

    • AMAZED: Amazed offers a 4-month STEAM program for children aged 12 months to 12 years old. This program is guided by the principles of the STEAM framework and is designed to break away from traditional ways of learning. Instead, your child will experience first-hand the joys of project-based learning, while enhancing their curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Amazed have more than 20 different types of classes for kids including Science Weekend Club, Code and Story, How To Become An Astronaut and Kidpreneur Workshop. https://amazed.com.hk

     

    • Curiosity Kids: They offer practical and fun-filled science experiment classes to foster the habit of observing and exploring! They believe kids need to be encouraged to ask questions and have the confidence to explore, learn and experiment. They have private classes either with your own group of kids, or group classes with partners including Blooming Buds, Park View, Hong Kong Country Club, Makers Bay at PMQ, and the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. For added fun, Curiosity Kids even has festive and seasonal experiments! curiositykidshk.com
    • Coding 101: Coding101 is established by a group of IT and education professionals who aim at providing the best quality STEM and coding education to school children. They have instructed over 10,000 student hours in STEM and coding education. Courses include robotics (Makeblock), electronic blocks (Metas), electronics (Arduino / Raspberry Pi), 3D Printing, Minecraft Education, etc. They also offer workshops and holiday camps too. www.coding101.hk

     

    • Koding Kingdom: Since opening its doors, Koding Kingdom has provided coding lessons to over 1,000 students between the ages of 5-15. Their teaching method is based on the school’s motto of the 4Cs: Construct, Conceptualize, Customize and Create. Students are divided up by their age and ability. Apart from foundational courses, there are also specialty courses such as Minecraft, which has students engineering Redstone circuits, to develop their knowledge of engineering science. www.kodingkingdom.com/home

     

    • MakerBay: MakerBay is a MakerSpace in Hong Kong with great space, tools, and maker community. You can come and learn new skills in their classes or participate in exciting events, develop your invention or grow your business, or use our wide range of services, from consulting to digital fabrication. Whether you are a scientist, an engineer, a designer, an artist, beginner, or expert, MakerBay is a magical place where you can make almost anything! They have a wide selection of courses and workshops for kids and adults, so what are you waiting for, sign up today! www.makerbay.org

     

    • Creative Coding: They offer fun STEAM, Design thinking programming, and Robotics courses for kids 6 and up. Preparing kids for jobs that don't exist yet. www.creativecoding.hk

     

    • Dalton Learning Lab: is a joint venture between Outblaze and the two Dalton School co-founders. The coding course on offer is suitable for ages 8-13 and teaches the fundamentals of programming and algorithms, plus skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, storytelling, logical thinking, and problem-solving. The Robotics courses teach principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as students design, build and program their own robots and are suitable for ages 8-13. www.daltonlearninglab.com

     

     

  • Schools That Offer STEM and STEAM

    SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG THAT HAVE STEM & STEAM PROGRAMS:

    • American School Hong Kong: All STEAM lessons are based on the Next Generation Science Standards which are designed to prepare students to succeed in a global economy. Their STEAM curriculum uses the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) along with the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve). Standards for Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering are developed for each grade level. All students will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements, recording data, and analyzing results.  ashk.edu.hk

     

    • Pak Kau College: Pak Kau College has incorporated an individual STEM subject into its curriculum. STEM education is conducted by infusing concepts and ideas into different subjects. This will not only facilitate learning and teaching but will also arouse students’ interest in STEM. www.pakkau.edu.hk

     

    • Nord Anglia Schools: Nord Anglia Education begins a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The partnership will see the two institutions develop and implement a science, technology, engineering, visual arts, and mathematics (STEAM) program across Nord Anglia's 42 schools worldwide. The program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students aged 8 – 12 years old which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognizes that many of today's innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science. www.nordangliaeducation.com/

     

    • Stamford American School Hong Kong:  This new school offers a problem-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMinn) Program to challenge students in these disciplines through critical thinking and real-world application. This interdisciplinary curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and enhanced by AERO and Common Core Plus standards.  More details here.
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    HOME RESOURCES FOR STEM EDUCATION:

    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.

  • Apps and Online STEM AND STEAM resources hong kong

    ONLINE RESOURCES FOR STEM AND STEAM EDUCATION IN HONG KONG:

    • Makematic, classes.makematic.com - Bitesize video for students and teachers.
    • Codecode.org - Every child should have the opportunity to learn computer science.
    • Tinkercad, www.tinkercad.com - Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone.
    • Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu - An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
    • BrainyTapwww.brainytap.com - Kickstart your kids learning with these super cool eBooks, games, and puzzles. Create a game for STEM, download on iTunes free today.
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