STEM helps students think Critically

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  • November 25 , 2022

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) play important roles in the development of children’s executive functions which include self-control, sustained attention, and cognitive flexibility. Teachers need to introduce STEM learning as early as possible. STEM aims to build early trust in children and give them the skills they need to learn new ideas and concepts.


Director of SEAMEO CECCEP, Prof. Vina Adriany revealed that STEM workshops could help teachers design interesting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) lessons for children. So that children easily learn STEM. Introducing STEM must also follow the age stage of the child’s development.


“This workshop will teach about STEM for early childhood and basic education. STEM can be useful when children enter the next stage of education. It is hoped that this workshop can assist in developing STEM according to the stage of child development and, of course, with fun activities,” said Vina in the SEAMEO CECCEP hall room (25/11)


Professor Gillian Kidman (School of Curriculum Teaching and Inclusive Monash University) said the STEM learning approach integrates the four components. STEM can produce student thinking activities that help bring out students’ critical thinking, characterized by the ability to solve problems, make decisions, analyze assumptions, evaluate, and investigate.


“STEM emphasizes active learning. Teachers must stimulate children to solve problems, think critically and focus on solutions. Teachers need to build logical and systematic ways of thinking and sharpen critical thinking skills, “Turur Gillman.


Dr. Hazel Tan (Senior lecturer, school of curriculum teaching and inclusive Monash University) stated that during class learning, provide something interesting for children to inspire them to raise their curiosity through questions. She said that building relationships with children is very important so that teachers can know the characteristics of children. As a teacher, you must facilitate children according to their stage of development.


Furthermore, the 40 participants who attended the SEAMEO CECCEP hall were given a small project and divided into several small groups. Each participant plays the role of an instructor, coding, and robot. This activity provides examples for participants to train memory, coding, and numeracy.


STEM supports children’s learning to prepare the 21st century generation who have the skills to (1) think critically, (2) solve problems, (3) metacognition, (4) communicate, (5) collaborate, (6) be innovative and creative, (7) information literacy. So that students can communicate and collaborate, both with individuals and communities and networks.


Finally, this activity would not have been carried out smoothly without the support of various parties, including Qitep In Science, who was pleased to organize a workshop entitled “STEM for Early Childhood Education and Basic Education.”