Today at work, we started an 8 weeks STEM class for kids ages 5 to 16. Classes started at 11 am and ended at 3 pm. At the end of the day I am tired but I had fun.
Why STEM? it is amazing that I spent years in school wondering the point of all the books I was reading. With STEM, there is no point in wondering as the concepts come to life by themselves.
The kids in the picture above created their own robot using the LEGO Educator Kit once the assembly was done, the kids got to program their robot and learn mathematics in the process. We used the LEGO Educator Kit to calculate the distance travelled by the robot when we know speed and the time it move for.
The formula for this is Speed = Distance / Time
You would agree with me that using this method, the kids would remember what we did. The Learning Tetrahedron is shown below:
In a STEM session, the mental and physical components are visible exercised. The kids above assembled the robot following a sequence of steps. The spiritual and emotional components are exercised by us insisting on cooperation and correcting the mistakes the made.
With schools still teaching how to connect a circuit in Introductory Technology, the case for STEM is strong in Nigeria. The truth is our current educational system is failing the country and if kids are to be motivated in technology, a new approach is needed.
So I mentioned 5 – 16. So what did the younger ones do? You can see that below:
The kids learned how to assemble and program the LEGO WeDo which is a robot for kids 5 – 10 years of age. I was surprised that the 5 year old kid in the group was interested and engaged in what we are doing.
Brainiacs STEM and Robotics will continue the weekend sessions for the next 7 weeks. Summer is coming soon so we have to prepare. From this tired educator, have a great week.