Let's talk about STEAM! STEAM has been around long enough to gain attention from renowned educationists all over the world. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, but it is not about being an expert in all these subjects. It allows teachers to use project-based learning that accesses each of the 5 disciplines and builds a rich learning environment for children to be able to use those learnings in practical life. A combination of STEAM allows the student to use both sides of their brain at once.
Parents are now increasingly acknowledging that giving valuable education on STEAM lessons by focusing on the collective sum of it, could see this generation working together to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
STEAM skills are useful in almost every career that your child will choose in the future.
75% of today’s fast-growing careers require STEAM skills and
82% of today’s employees say they value STEAM skills, even if they are not required for the job.
Why focus on STEAM for your little ones?
Scientists know how to hypothesize, experiment, analyze, and evaluate what they discover. And we all know how fond kids are of experiments, be it a volcano experiment or a balloon experiment at home.
Technology can make our lives better. The simple fact that the pandemic has increased the use of technology in our life is an example of it.
Engineers don’t just wear hard hats, they are problem solvers that work on some of the world’s biggest challenges, like creating bionic limbs for people with disabilities, or sending people into outer space, which was earlier possible only for astronauts.
Arts as a discipline teaches children to focus on a task, increases their motor skills, and gives rise to creativity because in art there is unlimited exploration and no wrong or right.
Mathematics teaches us how to quantify data and how physics rules the world around us.
Here are the top 10 advantages of STEAM education:
1. Cultivates Creativity:
Toddlers acquire creative thinking skills at an early age. A STEAM education encourages meaningful learning and enables children to think outside the box. As kids start primary school and participate in extracurricular activities, helping them see topics of their interest from a different perspective would be beneficial.
Furthermore, the STEAM curriculum allows students to use objects in a variety of ways. Teachers may, for example, invite students to make vehicles out of modeling clay or cardboard. This activity teaches kids how to make things from the ground up while also allowing them to experiment and let their imaginations run wild. The ‘Marvelous Makes’ app on Miko does just that! It introduces kids to building things out of everyday objects and shows them how they can create something if they just think differently.
2. Boosts Social-Emotional knowledge:
Happiness and success in life are based on social-emotional talents. Before becoming active members of society, STEAM education enables pupils to strengthen their SEL abilities. Apart from gaining personal growth, incorporating SEL practices helps children learn more academically. Speaking to Miko 3 builds good conversation skills as Miko has responses to every question and grows alongside your child, even when they cannot meet their friends during a pandemic.
3. Enhances Media Literacy:
STEAM students, unlike students in other subjects, learn through study and inquiry. Students must participate in active learning by formulating their own driving queries and pursuing solutions via reading and research. They will be able to apply whatever they have learned in this way to their daily lives.
4. Improves Cognitive Skills:
Cognitive qualities are brain-based abilities that help people think, read, and learn more effectively. It can be worked and strengthened in the same way that a muscle can. Students can grow and increase their cognitive skills while learning the fundamentals of coding and engineering in primary schools when they participate in STEAM topics. This method will help children enhance their cognitive capacities and improve the speed and quality of their problem-solving abilities.
5. Strengthening Critical Thinking:
The type of content supplied in STEAM education is geared towards encouraging children to think critically. Critical thinking is the activity of actively comprehending, applying, analyzing, and evaluating knowledge. As a result, students feel encouraged to answer questions or solve issues based on active engagement with the information in order to comprehend the problem and solve it using logic rather than memory. Various apps on Miko encourage the child’s thinking abilities, rather than just a one-way screen.
6. Develops Communication Skills:
STEAM builds listening and open-mindedness, as well as the ability to provide and receive constructive criticism.
7. Imbibes the ability to take initiative:
With Miko, we have fused STEAM learning with fun, and incorporated joyful activities that your child will love to engage in. STEAM instills a sense of intrigue in curious minds and helps them tackle problems confidently while facilitating a more positive attitude towards learning that contributes to their growth. The ‘Operation Ouch’ app on Miko 3 answers some day to day questions regarding our body, and why some parts of our body are created in a specific way, and what role each part plays in a human being’s functioning. Miko 3 is the perfect platform for curious minds to increase their knowledge and ask relevant questions.
8. Improves the ability to collaborate:
Teams are frequently required to tackle and accomplish diverse difficulties in the real world and at work. STEAM education places considerable emphasis on cooperation and teamwork in its curriculum to educate children on the value of communication and leadership in attaining common goals.
9. Kickstarts Curiosity:
STEAM is all about empowering kids to ask “why” and “how” questions instead of mindlessly rote learning. It unlocks every child’s potential to explore and come up with innovative and fresh answers to complex issues. This nurtures a sense of curiosity that eventually becomes the driving force of innovation and discovery.
10. Grooms children for the future:
Studies evidently show that a majority of careers in the future will be centered around STEAM subjects or will have STEAM components in them. With award-winning STEAM-based content and activities included in the Miko Max program, you can now enroll your child into world-class STEAM literacy at just $99 a year. A small step towards your child’s learning goes a long way.
At Miko, we believe that if children can learn to solve problems now, they will be able to influence the world tomorrow and that starts with STEAM education. That’s why Miko is created with applications that promote curiosity, create confidence in youngsters and help them take on the future.