10 October 2020
A growing number of schools are taking up the modern-day STEM curriculum and teaching students to tackle challenging problems using a scientific-based approach.
Modern challenges require modern solutions and so it has become increasingly important for the younger generations to learn to solve real-world problems in a creatively and scientific manner. Therefore, it is becoming important for schools and parents to educate future generations in STEM-based learning.
The UK has been one of the countries pioneering in this field, and STEM learning in the UK has been at the forefront of leading the next generation of students towards a more innovative and application-based curriculum. In recent years, a growing number of schools in the UK, with the rest of the world following suit, are taking up a STEM-based syllabus. These schools are focusing on training young students in tackling real-world problems using a scientific approach. Students are encouraged to think out-of-the-box and apply various new innovations to find an effective solution to complicated challenges. The problems we face, we are all affected by in society and thus the analytical and problem-solving skills of students are put to the test.
There are a variety of STEM programmes in the UK, each of which uniquely targets the students’ curiosity, encouraging them to participate actively in finding solutions. Students are motivated to work in groups, put forward their ideas, and most importantly, learn while they work.
In recent years, STEM summer camps have become very popular, due to their ability to expose students to state-of-the-art research in STEM and allow them to learn directly from industry experts and scientists. The UK especially, has a flourishing culture of summer camps, for students of all age groups. These camps are open for students from all over the world, where they can explore their interests in STEM, meet like-minded people, and learn about world issues from a variety of perspectives.
These summer camps can provide hands-on experience to many innovative STEM projects. One such example is a STEM project on the importance of water, where young teenagers get the opportunity to explore the importance of water for our planet as well for the beings thriving on it. Students get the chance to establish their skills and creativity by designing and deploying a portable water filtration system.
Science camps undoubtedly give young students an advantage. They enable the students to gain self-confidence, demonstrate their skills and learnings, and grow awareness by interacting with a wider audience. Students are encouraged to consider a career in STEM, and thus, be able to contribute to the welfare of society.
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