STEM Education - A Revolutionary Way to Make India Skilled
In today's technology savvy world, it is crucial for India to adopt recent scientific and technological developments that can place it on the global platform. Consequently, changes must be introduced into the existing education sector to meet the skill demands. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is the way which the education sector needs to meet the futuristic demands.
The traditional method of learning has undergone complete transformation. Nowadays, students do and learn by themselves - means project based learning is successfully replacing the age-old practices. This is where STEM education fits in.
STEM is a great approach to transform learning and nurture young minds to be future ready. Precisely, it facilitate learning in a logical and systematic manner for a better hold on concepts. With our prime minister promoting "Make in India" campaign, it is crucial for the students to be at par with international standards and present themselves as skilled manpower. Since the demand for science and technology has risen exponentially, it has become crucial to consider STEM Education for Schools to skill students for the future technologies.
Students have to face a lot of challenges in order to stay competitive. They have to exploit their potential and develop their capabilities beyond expected. Exploration is the key to improve their knowledge. In order to compete with the world, students must acquire skills like communication, adaptability, problem solving, and management through real-life learning. STEM does the same. It provides today's kids with the medium to development skills to compete in today's technologically advanced world.
Challenges in Integrating STEM to Mainstream Education
There are challenges in terms of infrastructure, curriculum and providing the required learning support. Another challenge is arranging the funds. Schools require well-equipped labs, teachers skilled in helping students working on STEM models, best computers and so on. Many of the parents and educators also think that introducing their kids to STEM will divert them from main curriculum.
Only way to address these concerns by making people aware about the benefits of STEM and how it can improve the learning capacity of their kids. The government of India is also helping educational institutions to include STEM in the current education system. Atal Tinkering Lab is one such scheme by Niti Ayog. Schools are now taking interest in organizing STEM lab in elementary schools as well as senior secondary schools to enhance the knowledge delivery system.
Monil Girdhar is associated with Stembridgelabs as Education Mentor from last 5 years. He has organized various program under project based learning to promote Stem education in India.