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STEM And STEAM Education Programs In Singapore

Science & Arts Education + Courses In Singapore

STEM and STEAM Programs Singapore

STEM and STEAM are the new buzz words in education. Schools, after-school activity companies, and tutors are all jumping on the bandwagon offering more and more interesting collaborations, offerings, and innovative learning options for kids and teens. Check out Little Steps Guide to STEM & STEAM in Singapore to get you and your kids on the right path to see which programs suit you best!

  • STEM vs STEAM Programs

    WHAT IS STEM Vs STEAM?

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are becoming very important 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.
  • Importance Of STEAM and STEM Programs

    WHY STEM & STEAM EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE SO VALUABLE

    STEM and STEAM have emerged as two of the leading routes into proving an excellent education and well-rounded students. Job forecasts identify huge 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 instruction
  • KidStop Science Centre Singapore

    STEM AND STEAM PROGRAMS IN SINGAPORE

    There are a lot of interesting companies offering unique programs in both STEM and STEAM. Not only are they useful skills, but kids will absolutely love it too. Check out some of our favorite programs:

    WondersWork

    At WondersWork, kids build their own LEGO Robotics. They develop creativity, inventive and critical thinking, and learn science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM). Let your child become a Lego Robotics Engineer today!

    WonderwsWork, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #03-105, Singapore 237994, +65 8822 7170, wonderswork.com.sg

    Science Centre Singapore

    KidsSTOP at the Science Centre allows kids from 18 months to 8 years to explore science through play in a safe and guided environment. In the Discover area, children are introduced to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) principles. They'll love the interactive displays on magnetism, light, and sound! Find out more about Stem Inc. here.

    KidsSTOP at Science Centre Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433, +65 6425 2500, www.science.edu.sg/visit-us/kidsstop 

    Also check out Kids Discovery WorksYoung Engineers, and STEM Academy.

    Want more? Read Little Steps Guide to coding and 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Code.

  • Schools With STEM and STEAM

    SCHOOLS IN SINGAPORE THAT HAVE STEM & STEAM PROGRAMS

    Secondary schools now offer the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Applied Learning Program which aims to equip students with skills such as reasoning, problem-solving and computer programming. To support schools in the programme, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has set up a partnership with Stem Inc, a unit established in Jan 2014 under Science Centre Singapore.

    School Programs In Singapore offering STEM/STEAM:

    XCL World Academy Singapore

    The school has formed a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and The CREATE Lab. As Carnegie Mellon is considered a world leader in STEM innovations, students at XCL World Academy will have access to cutting-edge research, as well as current and emerging technologies. With a strong focus on robotics, coding, and AI, STEM at XCL World Academy provides students with opportunities in and out of the classroom. At XCL World Academy, the STEM learning experiences are built into all grade levels in the Primary curriculum, and Secondary classes use STEM for planning interdisciplinary units and building problem-solving skills across many subject areas.

    XCL World Academy, 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039, +65 6808 7300, www.xwa.edu.sg

    Canadian International School Singapore

    STEAM at CIS is integrated across the school’s curriculum from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as in co-curricular programs such as robotics, coding, and Lego leagues. The 5 key disciplines of STEAM are connected and closely aligned with what students will experience when they enter the workforce.

    Canadian International School Singapore, 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128, +65 6345 1573, www.cis.edu.sg

    EtonHouse International School Singapore

    Students from Kindergarten to Secondary years have access to tinkering spaces around the campus that supports them to use everyday objects in combination with technology. The EtonHouse EdTech curriculum includes coding, programming, multimedia authoring, animation, 3D gaming and more. There is also a strong focus on educating students on cyberbullying and cybersecurity, and what it means to become ethical digital citizens.

    EtonHouse International School Singapore, multiple locations, +65 6746 3333, www.etonhouse.edu.sg

  • Robotic Lego

    HOME RESOURCES

    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.

    Also check out these TV shows for your kids:

  • STEM and STEAM Resources At Home

    ONLINE RESOURCES

    • Makematic - Bite-sized videos for students and teachers. watch.makematic.com/browse
    • Code - Every child should have the opportunity to learn computer science. www.code.org
    • Tinkercad - Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. www.tinkercad.com
    • Exploratorium - An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity. www.exploratorium.edu
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