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Hi Parents! Have you had a good time with your loved ones? I hope so. If not, it happens from time to time, please remember to criticize your child’s behavior and not him. It will make a huge difference on his self-esteem level when he will grow up.
Do you know the STEM acronym?
If not, here it is in full: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. Many countries are aiming to increase these kinds of teaching to prepare students for the world we will live in very, very soon (actually, we are already one foot in it). Billions are poured in programs to make the future workforce more up to date in these fields.
I think it is a good thing. But, in my opinion, we need to add one more field to foster a better future: Art. It is not only my opinion. Many people and organizations around the world think that it is a key element to boost STEM through the roof. Many of them use the acronym STEAM instead of STEM.
What form of art and why?
Well, I think that any form of art could provide some positive benefit to STEM. Many great inventors and leaders in the past and even today were passionate with one or several forms of art. Music and painting, just to name a few, were crucial in the work and creative process of geniuses. Einstein and his violin is one of the most famous examples.
When leaders in technology and education work together
The famous Makerbot company, bought by another famous 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys (here is a really good and detailed article about this acquisition by a 3D printing world reference: Joris Peels), has set up an initiative in India to promote exactly what we are talking about: STEAM.
The General Manager for Makerbot Stratasys India, Mr Rajiv Bajaj, teamed up with Veltech University officials to deliver for free 3D printing three-day training sessions. Up to 800 middle and high-school teachers in India are attending these seminars over a period of four weeks (it started two weeks ago). They are learning how to integrate into their existing curriculum all the activities related to 3D printing, like design, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. They will be taught how to use 3D modeling software and all the steps to do rapid prototyping, using a 3D printer with their students.
All these activities are STEAM related and focus towards one goal: preparing students to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
So, while you will be focused around science, technology, engineering and mathematics, don’t forget to do many artistic activities with your children. It will be good for the mood, for the brain and will give them a competitive edge on the right track for a fulfilling life.