STEM + STEAM Programs In Singapore

STEM and STEAM are the new buzz words in education. Schools, after school activity companies, and tutors are all jumping on the bandwagon offering more and more interesting collaborations, offerings, and innovative learning options for kids and teens. Check out Little Steps Guide to STEM & STEAM in Singapore to get you and your kids on the right path and see which programs are right for you.

STEM and STEAM are the new buzz words in education. Schools, after school activity companies, and tutors are all jumping on the bandwagon offering more and more interesting collaborations, offerings, and innovative learning options for kids and teens. Check out Little Steps Guide to STEM & STEAM in Singapore to get you and your kids on the right path and see which programs are right for you.
 

WHAT IS STEM Vs STEAM?

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are becoming very important subjects when looking to your child’s future. Challenging this is the addition of the Arts – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). On average students who include the arts in their studies can add up to 98 points on their SATS, so what’s not to love about that. We all know the jobs we have today won’t be the same when our kids start working. So how will STEM and STEAM help them?
 
Here are some stats from the University of Florida.
 
*Students who study arts for 4 years in high school score 98 points higher on the SATs compared to those who study the same for half a year or less.
*Students who took up music appreciation scored 61 points higher on the verbal section and 42 points higher on the math section.
*Training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. Students learn to approach issues with a critical mind and a positive attitude towards problem solving. Exposure to the arts enhances communication skills, which are essential tools for collaboration. It develops flexibility and adaptability.
 

 

WHY STEM & STEAM ARE SO VALUABLE

 

STEM and STEAM have emerged as two of the leading routes into proving an excellent education and well-rounded students. Job forecasts identify huge increases in jobs requiring secondary and post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics over the coming years. By bringing STEM and STEAM into the classroom, students will have many more opportunities.
 
Some of the tools students will have access to are:
 
*MEA’s -Model Eliciting Activities have 5 characteristics: model eliciting, open-ended, generalizable, realistic, self-assessable
*Project Based Learning: Includes reflection, research, discovery, application, and communication
*Hands on learning
*Cooperative learning
*Discussion and inquiry
*Question and conjecture
*Justification of thinking
*Writing for reflection and problem solving
 
*Use a problem-solving approach
*Integrate technology
*Teach as a facilitator
*Use assessment as part of instruction

 

 

STEM AND STEAM PROGRAMS IN SINGAPORE

 

There are a lot of interesting companies offering unique programs in both STEM and STEAM.  Not only are they useful skills, but kids absolutely love it too.  Some of our favorite programs in the area are below.
 
*The Keys Academy: The Keys Academy specializes in STEM, Science, Tech, Entrepreneurship and Math education. Your child can choose between designing a 3D product in Silicon Valley, solving a crime in CSI Murder Mystery, programming a robot in Mars Robot Challenge, and going to a Junior MBA class. http://thekeys.global/
 
*WondersWork: At WondersWork kids build their own LEGO Robotics. They develop creativity, inventive and critical thinking, and learn science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM). Let your child become a Lego Robotics Engineer today! http://wonderswork.com.sg
 
*Science Centre Singapore: Kids' STOP at the Science Centre allows kids from 18 months to 8 years to explore science through play in a safe and guided environment. In the Discover area, children are introduced to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles. They'll love the interactive displays on magnetism, light and sound! www.science.edu.sg
 
Want more?
Also, read Little Steps Guide to coding, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/articles/learn/coding-kids
 

 

SCHOOLS IN SINGAPORE THAT HAVE STEM & STEAM PROGRAMS

 

42 local secondary schools now offer the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Applied Learning Program. By 2017, half of the 124 mainstream secondary schools will offer the program and they aim to equip students with skills such as reasoning, problem solving and computer programming. To support schools in the program, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has set up a partnership with Stem Inc, a unit established this year under the Science Centre Singapore.
 
Unique School Programs In Singapore offering STEM/STEAM:
 
*GEMS World Academy Singapore: The school has recently formed a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and The CREATE Lab. In partnering with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and The CREATE Lab, GWA joins only four other schools globally as a CMU Create Lab Satellite School. As Carnegie Mellon is considered a world-leader in STEM innovations, students at GWA will have access to cutting-edge research, as well as current and emerging technologies. With a strong focus on robotics, coding and AI, STEM at GWA provides students with opportunities in and out of the classroom. At GEMS World Academy, the STEM learning experiences are built into all grade levels in the Primary curriculum, and Secondary classes use STEM for planning interdisciplinary units and building problem-solving skills across many subject areas. www.gwa.edu.sg/
 
*Canadian International School Singapore: STEAM at CIS is integrated across the school’s curriculum from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as in co-curricular programs such as robotics, coding and Lego leagues. The 5 key disciplines of STEAM are connected and closely aligned with what students will experience when they enter the workforce. Join them at their annual STEAM fair. You will have the opportunity to observe STEAM projects CIS students have been working on which will give you an insight of what STEAM looks like at CIS. www.cis.edu.sg/
 
*Dover Court International School, Singapore: Nord Anglia Education Group has recently partnered with MIT to develop and implement a science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) program across Nord Anglia's 42 schools worldwide.  Launched in late 2016, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognises that many of today's innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science. More information here.
 
*EtonHouse International School, Singapore: Students from Kindergarten to Secondary years have access to tinkering spaces around the campus that supports them to use everyday objects in combination with technology. The EtonHouse EdTech curriculum includes coding, programming, multimedia authoring, animation, 3D gaming and more. There is also a strong focus on educating students on cyber bullying and cyber security, and what it means to become ethical digital citizens. More information here.
 

 

HOME RESOURCES  

 

If you want to give your kids the best possible start, then give them a helping hand a home. Start them young with building blocks and as they get older move them on to LEGO. Robotic LEGO is a great way for your kids to build their own robots and understand how it all works.
 
There’s also some awesome TV shows which the Little Steps team loves to watch.
 
*  Mythbusters - www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters. They will literally try any experiment!
*  Experimental Chef Heston Blumenthal - His TV show Heston’s Feasts will show you how to create food of old. Fancy a mad hatters tea party Heston style? www.channel4.com/programmes/hestons-feasts/on-demand/45638-001
 

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

*Makematic, http://classes.makematic.com - Bitesize video for students and teachers.
*Code, https://code.org - Every child should have the opportunity to learn computer science.
*Tinkercad, www.tinkercad.com - Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone.
*Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu - An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
 
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