Full S.T.E.A.M ahead: Preparing future-ready children

Full S.T.E.A.M ahead: Preparing future-ready children
Mulberry Learning S.T.E.A.M Enrichemnt

Full S.T.E.A.M ahead: Preparing future-ready children

The world of work has transformed tremendously over the past few decades. From computer programmers to social media tycoons, today’s jobs, unlike those in the past, draw upon several disciplines all at once. S.T.E.A.M, an educational discipline, does the same with the incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.

S.T.E.A.M lessons therefore equips children with an interdisciplinary approach which will better prepare them for jobs in the future.

Why is learning S.T.E.A.M important?

Prepares children for the changing workforce

The most salient benefit of S.T.E.A.M is how it prepares children for the future world of work. While many people gripe that the rise in modern technology has eradicated many traditional jobs, that idea isn’t exactly accurate. In fact, technology has altered the needs of the workforce rather than eliminating them. The traditional occupations still exist, but employers want employees who can think and act critically and creatively.

Even if individuals don’t end up with careers in a S.T.E.A.M field, its hands-on approach to learning will still benefit children as it emphasises problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity. These are essential skills in all fields of work that gives individuals an edge in the workforce and better equip them to deal with stressful situations and challenging problems in life in a calm, composed, thoughtful, and constructive way.

A well-rounded education

In the past, many of us are often taught that there is one specific way to do something, such as solving an equation, and everyone would have to display their workings at the side, getting the answer in the same way if they were to succeed. S.T.E.A.M however, encourages children to think about the box and come up with solutions to problems more naturally to them, which will in turn lead to creating independent and confident individuals!

Children who receive a S.T.E.A.M-based education from an early age will then have an advantage as it teaches them to question and think about how things happen. It encourages a child’s innate sense of curiosity, logical thinking, and inspires an artistic desire in them to learn beyond what is taught in the classroom and outside a stand-alone subject.

Develops Soft Skills

While having children understand and do well in the various academic subjects is incredibly important, there’s also a unqiue by-product of classrooms infused by S.T.E.A.M that are essential for children: soft skills.

These soft skills include: critical thinking, collaboration, computational thinking skills, communication, technology literacy, leadership, and social skills.

Experience Real-World Complexities

One of the greatest benefit about S.T.E.A.M classrooms is that is provides students the ability to experience real-world complexities and allow them to try to solve real-world problems. At Mulberry Learning, besides S.T.E.A.M enrichment programmes, our Reggio-Inspired Project InquiryTM harnesses these benefits as it infuses S.T.E.A.M concepts. Children act as little scientists, as they research in their choice of topic, conduct experiments, and present them to their peers, which enhances a child’s confidence and love for learning.

In the real-world, scientific, technological, engineering, artistic and mathematical thinking skills are required to solve our biggest problems and these are the skills we should equip our children with.

How is S.T.E.A.M taught in preschool?

Since S.T.E.A.M concepts rely heavily on hands-on learning and production, they are second nature for young kids. At Mulberry Learning, these seemingly big concepts are acquired via a range of highly engaging and exciting S.T.E.A.M enrichment activities that hones children’s creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills – all while having fun!

Some of Mulberry Learning’s S.T.E.A.M enrichment programmes include:

  • Picasso KidzTM (Art)
  • Music MoovesTM(Music)
  • Little NewtonTM(Science)
  • Busy BakerTM(Culinary Arts)
  • Little TinkererTM(Robotics)
  • Think Kids Mind MapTM
  • Sportball (Sports)
  • English and Chinese Speech and Drama

Educating children on S.T.E.A.M is a lengthy process, but it’s no doubt a valuable one that goes beyond the physical classroom and will stay with them throughout their lives. With the right S.T.E.A.M-powered skills, projects and experiences, your child will do better in school and can set themselves apart in their future workplaces.

Interested to find out more about S.T.E.A.M? Book a tour and speak to our educators to learn more about our award-winning curriculum!

 

Our Signature Programmes

Our fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M Enrichment Programme complements other important aspects in our proprietary curriculum model. This ensures that every child receives a comprehensive and holistic education that helps them excel in the future world.

About Mulberry Learning

Established in 2006, Mulberry Learning is an award-winning Reggio-inspired preschool with 11 locations around Singapore. Mulberry Learning is the world’s first and only preschool network certified by the USA for the Habits of MindTM framework, and its curriculum has been voted as “Singapore’s Best Holistic Learning Programme” for 3 years running by leading parenting publications.

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