Myth v/s fact: Everything you need to know about STEM education
Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the education sphere and the business world about the shortage of individuals interested in STEM. Shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM has always been a crucial building block of scientific and technological progress. And a shrinking pool of talent could impede this advancement. So how does one encourage students' interest in STEM - one way is to show them what it actually is - a broad, diverse group of fields where the prominence is mostly on learning and discovery rather than merely knowing the existing 'right' answers. Regrettably, many misapprehensions lead students to believe that they might not enjoy or succeed in the STEM fields. If your child believes that they aren't suited for STEM, they could be missing out on exciting opportunities to discover new interests, engage in hands-on activities to solve real-world problems and pave the way for lucrative careers. This is why parents and educators must make efforts to clear the following myths about STEM: Myth 1: You need to be a genius student to succeed in STEM fields Fact: One doesn't need to be a straight-A student to excel at STEM. In fact, most students and professionals draw their inspiration to a successful future from failure. Mistakes teach them to recognise the weaknesses and work around new and improved strategies based on the learning they have gained. Take an example of a scientist who gets new insights into variables from a failed experiment. That's how missed questions or poor grades on a test can help your kids to discover the focus areas that need their attention. Most influential STEM professionals and teachers have had their share of challenges and most of them involve dispelling the myth that only the "smartest" of students should study STEM subjects. Myth 2: Studying STEM involves a lot of multiple-choice tests Fact: Subjects such as math and science are perceived to be rigorous, information-heavy fields that need copious amount of memorisation and reading comprehension. This isn't the full representation of STEM studies. While textbook learning is undoubtedly necessary, the most effective experiences in STEM occur outside of the traditional academic framework. Engaging, hands-on projects are increasingly being incorporated into the STEM curriculum, giving educators the opportunity to demonstrate concepts in new, innovative ways. Hands-on activities allow students to learn scientific methods, value smart risk-taking, and try critical social skills such as communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Myth 3: There's no place for creativity in STEM Fact: This seems to be the biggest misconception that STEM topics do not require or inspire creativity. While in reality, innovation and creative problem solving are the very foundation of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students learn new topics every day and club technical knowledge with critical thinking to master challenges. To excel in STEM, students learn to ask insightful questions, come up with their own theories, and think outside the box. These skills are peculiar traits of creativity and help students grow as they discover more about the world around them. Myth 4: STEM graduates become scientists Fact: That's not the only career option for STEM graduates. In fact, a wide range of careers extended far beyond the traditional science-based professions such as research science and medicine require the knowledge and creativity that a STEM student attains. Several STEM subjects work with and build upon one another, to make them relevant to a range of professions. We use science, technology, and engineering to solve comprehensive challenges and enhance operations in a wide variety of sectors. Then again, there are some STEM jobs that may not be top of mind but are equally lucrative such as financial analysis and advisory, information security and web development; environmental engineering; and corporate research analysis. Other unique occupations that welcome STEM-savvy aspirants include cartography, statistics, product management, and 3D modelling. Creating accurate and updated mobile GPS applications, providing in-depth analysis for a leading sports network, overseeing engineering projects for largest of social media networks, or even creating realistic environments for the latest hit video game - a STEM graduate can do everything. Do share these debunked myths with your kids if they are cradling the idea of studying STEM but are somehow confused.
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