Book STEM ( Robotics ) classes in Brampton, Mississauga and Markham today!
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Creating future robotics engineers | Robotics Summer Camps for kids in Thornhill | Book your FREE TRIAL class today! Introduce your little ones to STEM, robotics and coding this summer!
@envision_robotics is offering Robotics Program for kids aged 6-15 years old. Don't miss out on this opportunity and
book a week of summer camp for your kids.
For more information:
Location: 2300 John Street, #20, Thornhill, ON L3T 6G7 Join one of our SUMMER CAMPS by calling 647-502-6319 or John@EnvisionRobotics.com
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Saturday, July 28 from 11 am – 12 noon
– Adventurer II (9-11 yrs): Saturday, July 28 from 12 noon – 1 pm
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Sunday, August 12 from 11 am – 12 noon
– Adventurer II (9-11 yrs): Sunday, August 12 from 12 noon – 1 pm. SEPTEMBER
September – Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Wednesday, September 5th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Saturday, September 8th from 1 – 2 pm
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Sunday, September 9th from 9 – 10 am
– Adventurer I (6 – 8 yrs): Monday, September 10th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Adventurer II (9 – 11 yrs): Wednesday, September 5th from 6:30 – 7:30
– Adventurer II (9 – 11 yrs): Thursday, September 6th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
– Adventurer II (9 – 11 yrs): Saturday, September 8th from 2 – 3 pm
– Adventurer II (9 – 11 yrs): Sunday, September 9th from 10 – 11 am
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Children are natural born scientists and it is in their innate nature to discover and explore their surroundings. And one of the best ways to feed their curiosity and help them discover and explore is by introducing them to the concept of STEM. And we are not talking about learning programming and making apps at this early stage. The framework of the course is designed to suit the level of your kids which very aptly encourages them to learn in a playful way.
If you are new to the concept of STEM, then let me give you a rundown on it.
What is STEM?
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a term used to group together these academic disciplines to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. It helps students integrate knowledge across various disciplines encouraging them to think in a more connected and holistic way. It incorporates integrated mathematics, science, engineering and technology all the while introducing them to scientific linear thinking, creative problem solving, inventiveness, and instilling the importance of collaboration and teamwork. The objective of STEM is to allow the children to grow interests in subjects organically and developing systematic approaches to problem-solving.
In the traditional approach of teaching, children are encouraged to be passive. They do not interact much or get hands-on experience of what is being taught. But over the last few decades, our understanding of how children (people in general) learn has significantly changed. We now understand that to get the most out of learning experience, children need to be center of experience making connections across disciplines and also across contextual settings. Instead of providing kids with just words, pictures and books, they should be provided with different setting where they can see things, explore, discover and test their own theories. But the traditional approach of teaching does not provide all this and hence does not support the ways that children learn the best.
On the other hand, STEM provides children with not just theory lessons; it also provides them with hands-on experience. It provides them with active exploration opportunities and allows them to partake in the scientific processes.
Keep this in mind: “Children are more receptive to playful environment that promotes learning through fun activities.”
Instead of boring, monotonous lessons, STEM teaches children in a playful and fun atmosphere. Learning is not only limited to books and classrooms. Children can apply whatever they have learned in their classroom and apply this knowledge in the nature which further evokes their curiosity or vice-versa. They become more inquisitive, explore, discover and learn more. For example, in addition to math worksheet to help practice counting, children
can further solid their understanding of numbers in the nature by counting the number of rocks or acorns or leaves.
And to further augment their curiosity, you can show them documentaries about nature or various science-based programs like those in Kids Discover. So whatever they have read and learned from hands-on investigatory experience, they will be watching them on TV programs too. This cross-contextual learning provides children with experience that revolves around STEM in different ways.
So Why is it important to expose children to STEM education in their early years?
Various researches have demonstrated that the drive to explore, interact and observe in human beings begins in early childhood, long before middle and high school, and even before elementary school.
The early childhood years, birth to age 5, have long been accepted as the most critical point in brain development. Studies by the National Science Teachers Association show that young children learn through active exploration. And it is during these years many in education community believe that children should be exposed to evidenced-based STEM curricula, setting them on a path to develop a love of scientific inquiry.
It also develops their interest in STEM improving their knowledge base and inquiry skills. And according to experts, science instruction improves abilities in subjects outside of STEM, including literacy, language-learning and executive functioning.
Incorporating STEM education in early childhood education – Classes in Brampton and Mississauga
One of the easiest ways to teach children about STEM is by taking them out into the nature. Learning begins the minute they step out into the nature. Their natural and innate curiosity comes to life and they start exploring on their own. They will have hands-on experience about things they have only read in their books or heard in the classroom about. Encourage them to ask questions or you can ask them questions too.
While asking questions to children, always ask “what” or “which” question and not “why” question. If you ask “why” questions like ” Why do planes fly?” or “Why do plants have green leaves?”, children may not know the answers because the concept is way above their level. This might discourage children and they may even shy away from asking questions about something that they do not understand which results in low self-esteem. But unlike “why” questions, “what” and “which” questions focus on what they are doing and noticing so it’s easier for children to answer such questions. Questions like “What is the color of the rose?” or “Which is bigger: apple or strawberry?”
Questions like these invite children to observe, communicate and be the “experts”.
STEM education of children should not be sole responsibility of schools only. As a parent, you can contribute too. Take your children to parks, take them to hiking and encourage them to explore, discover and learn. Encourage them to take the initiative. Ask them questions that rouse their interest.
STEM education can never be too early and it never should be difficult to explain concept to kids. It can be done in your backyard, or in the mountain hills or in the school playground. By exploring the nature, they will experience ideas around STEM in their own unique ways.