OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, GROWTH IN JOBS INVOLVING STEM FIELDS WAS THREE TIMES GREATER THAN THAT OF NON-STEM OCCUPATIONS.
STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than others in the coming decade. STEM-related industries are a major economic component of Dubai’s economy. Students and teachers in the twenty-first century must have the skills and abilities today to succeed
STEM curriculum blends these subjects in order to teach “21st-century skills,” and the tools students need to have if they wish to succeed in the workplace of the “future.” It is an interdisciplinary approach to learning, where academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons and links.
The impact of COVID-19 has accelerated certain trends within the workplace, and now more than ever, children need to be inter-disciplinary.
The key term, when talking about STEM, is the need for integration. STEM curriculum intentionally melds different disciplines to enable a blended approach to learning that encourages hands-on experiences and gives students the chance to gain and apply relevant, “real-world” knowledge in the classroom.
STEM teaches and trains students to engage in critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving, collaboration, and what is often referred to in engineering as design thinking.
STEM learning teaches children about the power of technology and innovation. So, when students encounter new technologies, they will be prepared to embrace them, instead of being hesitant or fearful. This will give them the upper hand in the global landscape, as the world is becoming increasingly tech-centered.
In STEM education, students are taught skills that they can use in the real world. This motivates students to learn, as they know that the skills that they acquire can be utilized and transferred immediately. The ability to apply their knowledge to new and novel tasks will bode well for them when they enter the future workforce. These foundational fluencies need to start in the Kindergarten phase.