Recently we visited a school to run STEM workshops for their students.
At the end of the workshops, we asked the school teachers about their views on STEM education. Below is teachers views on STEM programs as they saw it.

Q: Why do students need to learn about STEM and coding?
A: To help the students work together to achieve their goals with the help of the technological advancements. (Mrs. Pori)
A: It’s good for them to learn to learn and develop new ways of thinking to solving the problem. They need to know about computers. Every child needs to know the basics. (Mrs. Roya)
A: They learned from fun ways of talking about programming. (Mrs. Thanusha)
A: It will help them to work better on computers. (Ms. Samina)

Q: How does a Genius Owl workshop achieve your educational goals?
A: The students worked in groups, cooperating with each other and learning about STEM & coding. (Mrs Pori)
A: They all enjoyed the story time. (Mrs. Thanusha)
A: Children had a good time. They learnt while having fun. (Ms. Samina)
A: It was good for them, and we will talk more about it later on. (Mrs. Roya)

Although it might sound small, tinkering couldn’t be more important. It is one of the ways children learn about the world. The STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) offer many opportunities for children to use their minds and hands to play, explore, and learn. Research shows that giving children exposure to quality, hands-on STEM learning opportunities is so important and familiarity with STEM concepts early on is a key predictor of children’s school success.

We understand that STEM can be a daunting concept for some early childhood education professionals and parents alike, and we aim to ensure that, supported by our content and related professional development opportunities, STEM is elevated and integrated into the daily routines of families and educators – and becomes an integral part of our collective conception of what high-quality early childhood education really means.