Why your kid should get involved in STEAM?

1. Developing Growth mindset
With an increasingly competitive school environment, children are not encouraged to make mistakes in their academic pursuits and there is a constant pressure to become straight A students.  However, failure is an essential element in developing growth mindse

Growth mindset is a belief that individual qualities, such as intelligence or talent, can be developed through dedication and hard work. According to research, students with a growth mindset are more likely to try hard things and persevere through difficult task.

STEAM education is all about hands-on, experiential learning that does not always guarantee successful project outcome / result in the first try. It teaches students to value process over end results and to view challenges as opportunities. Effective STEAM education comes hand-in-hand with growth mindset, helping children to embrace failure and learn from mistakes just like being a scientist.

2. Starting STEAM education early enhance school readiness
It’s not only important for children to get involved in STEAM, it’s even more important for them to start early. Learning scientific thinking in early childhood actually
predicts better learning outcomes in school. According to a report published in the American Educational Research Association journal, 62% of students who enter kindergartens with limited exposure to science struggle in science in 3rd grade and 54% still struggle in 8th grade. Starting early can have a long -lasting impact on children’s readiness. STEAM education should be introduced as early as Kindergarten to enhance children’s enthusiasm, interest and exposure. Young children love to experiment, explore and figure out how the world works.

STEAM education is the key to tap into their innate and natural curiosity about the entire environment.

3. STEAM is for everyone, not only for people who wants to work in the field
Whether you are a lawyer, banker, engineer, office worker, or politician, the skills that result in better performance and success are based on critical thinking and problem solving. Outperformance in higher education and long term career relies on how we think about a problem, navigate research, think creatively about how to achieve an outcome and have the have the courage to try (and even fail) .

STEAM education promotes creativity, complex problem solving, critical thinking and growth mindset which are core underlying skills will enable every kid with any types of aspirations to reach their full potential.

4. The world needs future leaders who are competent in STEAM
Let’s think about the most pressing issues that we face globally as humanity – climate change, spread of infectious disease, shortages in food and pollution… There is one similarity amongst these problems, they all require certain level of STEAM knowledge and skills to solve. Without basic understanding of STEAM subjects like Earth Science, Microbiology, Physics, Chemistry and Agricultural technology, we won’t even be able to recognize and identify the causes of these global issues, let alone of solving them.

STEAM education is often highly relevant to our everyday lives and it will empower children to solve real world problems. With technology taking the world by storm, we certainly will come across STEAM products and solutions in every industry and every walk of life. 

5. STEAM education is easy for parents

Supporting children’s STEAM learning doesn’t mean parents must be experts. Teaching STEAM is easy when we make learning relevant by letting children explore their environment. For example, parents
can easily engage in STEAM activities with their child including building things / toys, doing science experiments at home, visiting a museum or zoo and reading stories about STEAM together.  The more actively engaged children are with their surroundings, the faster they will grasp and learn things.

There are also online resources and live-streaming classes that stimulate interest and curiosity of children. The key is to incorporate as much hands-on activities in order to empower children’s intrinsic motivation to learn.