STEM Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions that our parents usually ask. If you still can't find a proper answer to your inquiry, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education combines these areas in an integrated, problem-based approach to teaching and learning with an emphasis on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
STEM education increases student engagement by transforming the typical teacher-centered classroom through greater emphasis on student-centered curriculum that is driven by problem solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.
Today’s world requires our work force to possess strong skills in critical thinking and working collaboratively; STEM education prepares students for these challenges and offers them expanded career opportunities in the 21st Century.
All students benefit from integrated STEM education; it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore subjects in greater depth. The hands-on nature of STEM instruction increases the likelihood of success among students of all learning styles and abilities.
Reading and literacy skills are the building blocks to all learning, and therefore are integral to successful STEM education. Literacy will continue to be a focus of teaching and learning as a stand-alone curriculum in addition to being integrated into STEM activities.
Music and art play an important role in STEM education as they help nurture the creativity required for students to develop unique and innovative solutions to problems as well as to communicate their ideas effectively. No invention would be successful without attention to aesthetics–studying music and art gives students the ability to better present and market their solutions to engineering problems.
If you believe your child learns best by:
• sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions that lead to the completion of high-quality products
• working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise, and abilities to work
• looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines
• trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention
• focusing on their natural curiosity and inquisitiveness
• using self-monitoring skills and being capable of working independently
• persevering to revise work in order to demonstrate mastery
Then STEM Education might be right for your child. However, there are no predetermined criteria for enrollment, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.
This is an educational choice made by parents in the best interest of their children. Enrolling in a STEM Education is not a decision to become an engineer or a scientist. But a child who likes science might be more interested in other core lessons if they are presented with ties to science topics. And a child who might think, “I’m not good at science and math,” might discover new joy in these subjects through the hands-on approach of STEM. This program is not about having students make a career decision. The program is about making learning relevant. As students learn about core content, they will be exposed to how this applies to the “real world.” Who does this type of work? Where is it found? Why is it important?
No. Students of all learning abilities, including children with disabilities, will benefit from the STEM program. Studies show hands-on learning is beneficial to children who have been disengaged (bored) with school. STEM students come from all backgrounds and abilities.
STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions to challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.
A STEM centric unit or lesson incorporates our STEM standards of practice and reflects the definition of STEM education. STEM Centric lesson or units begin with our grade level appropriate curriculum standards. A complex question, real world problem or global issue is identified that relates to the content standards. Trans-disciplinary connections are considered and applied. STEM career connections are incorporated and a product, process or action is developed for students to summarize or address the real-world problem.
While there is not an official STEM standardized test, STEM aligns with concepts that are tested. Therefore, if a school is practicing exemplary STEM education then students will be exposed to skills and concepts that will be tested.
We know that our students need to be prepared for jobs that are not yet on the radar. We need to prepare students to be able to compete in a knowledge-based economy. Students need 21st Century skills of adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, self-development, and systems thinking. Our students will be required to be innovative and creative problem solvers, designers, developers, and inventors.
Your child will have an option to option to decide to opt for either the national (Matriculation) or CAIE (O & A Levels)