Technology has evolved as an indispensable aspect of our lives, and as society develops, technological adaptability has become a necessity of our social fabric. It is a priority for us as a culture to grow more comfortable with dynamic technology and stay up with forthcoming technological advances.
In India, there is a lot of room for STEM education. The scope for STEM education and its significance has expanded with the advent of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things, as India is currently a technologically borrowing country rather than a technologically lending country. This shows that there is a technical gap that must be bridged through a variety of educational activities and interventions in order to provide youth with technological fluency.
The NEP also emphasized the weight of a system that promotes critical thinking, hands-on work, and creativity. STEM has a number of advantages since it enlightens students on real-world problem-solving dexterities as well as computational reflection, lateral thinking, logical reasoning, better decision-making, and superior observation skills through the use of technology. Making STEM a part of the curriculum helps to qualify today’s students to be future innovators and inventors.
According to a recent survey, STEM expertise is required for 75% of all professions, and digital literacy is required for 90% of these new-age careers. STEM abilities have a two-fold increase in career opportunities, in addition to their academic influence. This is one of the primary grounds why STEM is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent courses in all industrialized countries.
The STEM curriculum is designed to pique students’ interest through application-based learning, nurture them to explore possibilities, push trying new things, tinker with hands-on execution, and prepare them to solve complex situations using applied knowledge of Science, Math, and Technology. The schools should focus on assisting the students in understanding the real-world applicability and significance of the theories they discover in their textbooks, but they also foster a natural affinity for STEM. This aids in the development of a child’s curiosity, scientific thinking, creativity, and other skills necessary for greater science learning. Furthermore, it is critical in maximizing a child’s engagement in a holistic learning process. It enables students to use deduction, logic, and pattern identification to their advantage.
In addition, learning STEM innovation improves creativity, which has a significant impact on a student’s academic achievement by raising IQ and CQ. Schools must offer scientific models capable of igniting the scientific fire in young children, which ensures that children are given the right guidance to help them achieve a bright future through visual aids and teacher training programs.
With the government of India focusing on initiatives like the “Make in India” Innovation Mission, there is now a focus on encouraging innovation and manufacturing beginning right from the schools.
This is the ideal opportunity for India to rise to the occasion and foster an environment of application-based learning and creativity among schools, students and teachers.
Schools must continue to embrace the flipped classroom approach even with physical classrooms. These flipped classrooms use recorded video and audio lectures as an educational tool, inverting the standard education model. A flip classroom is one in which students study basic ideas from home and then come to school for discussions and problem-solving. This strategy allows students to take part in their education asynchronously, giving teachers more time to connect with other students.
There is a need to build and nurture new partnerships aimed at STEM education, as well as eliminate impediments to it so that students can benefit from greater industrial opportunities as a result of both institutions’ collaborative efforts. STEM education is the answer to the unpredictability of global readiness.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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