The education of the future is closer than it seems. STEM school for young inventors
The young generation today is facing new challenges. The world is changing: according to forecasts, in the near future most of the usual professions will disappear. This raises the question of the relevance of educational approaches to modern requirements. Unfortunately, traditional education is not able to prepare children for the future, so a new type of educational institutions is appearing. The main goal of such schools is to teach children to adapt quickly to the changing world, to provide them with the necessary skills, and to train them to be "flexible" professionals, who are ready for constant development.
An essential component of today's educational process is student commitment. The INVENTOR network of STEM* schools for out-of-school education knows exactly how to achieve this. During the lessons the children are not bored while solving homogeneous tasks or examples. Develop a strategy to combat global climate change, plan a space mission or fight against ocean pollution - these are the tasks INVENTOR sets for the students, following its credo "It's more interesting this way!". And Lenovo's innovative technology helps students master complex disciplines.
*Lenovo Reference. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) approach to the educational process, which is based on simple and accessible visualization of scientific phenomena.
STEM approach - what is the secret of success?
It is unlikely that future technical professions require only one branch of knowledge. Whether a specialist is going to build a bridge or a rocket, or program a robot, the integration of diverse knowledge will be necessary for success. The essence of the STEM approach is the integrated study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as the use of visualizations to better understand scientific phenomena. Integration of science and consideration of real projects and examples of innovative technologies use brings learning as close to life as possible and awakens the interest of young IT geniuses. Children work on solving real-life situations, learn to think outside the box, forming useful "problem solving" skills.
During the lessons children learn to interact with each other, to work in a team to achieve a common result - STEM-education pays attention to the development of "soft skills", which are in demand on the labor market today.
The future is in integrating knowledge from different disciplines.
For the first time schools working by the STEM approach began to appear in the 90's of the twentieth century in the United States. When there was an acute need in qualified IT-specialists, the problem concerned itself at the highest state level. In 2009, Barack Obama, the then President, presented a national program to introduce innovation in the educational process, "Educate to Innovate".
The program provided for training 100 thousand teachers for STEM schools by 2021 and allocated budgets for the development of such educational institutions. The goal of the program was to train about one million qualified specialists in technical fields.