We live in a world of constantly transformed technology, where children learn to be multifunctional, flexible and adapt quickly to the challenges of science and technology.
Our everyday life, regardless of age and habitat, is deeply related to advanced technology, by phone, computer, TV, car, etc. Technology is progress, progress is synonymous with well-being, and as a consequence modernization and improvement of education and teaching technology must be an objective necessity of any country concerned with its future. Introducing STEM education, along with algorithms and programming, in school aims to train the European pupil of tomorrow, competitive in the digital era, but also to the future socio-economic development of a nation.
The students of the “Mircea Scarlat” National Pedagogical College, Alexandria, Andra Paun, Denisa Linca, Alexandru Dragomir, Robert Rachita, participated in workshops on STEM education for a week in Lithuania, where they contributed by their knowledge programming acquired through the CodeIT project.
STEM education is an innovative type of education because, through the activities and expected outcomes, it offers a new perspective to adapt the understanding of the educational process, with reference to innovative learning approaches.
In the workshops the students worked in mixed teams in the workshops “Ups-Direction-STEM”, “Let’s Build our Bridge”, “I need a helmet”, “A new Kaunas Tower” through which students were presented with a new perspective on the learning process, putting their knowledge, skills and creativity into practice.
The students participated in the Vilnius Robotics Institute, where they participated in the Engineering Desingn, Electronics and Arduino workshops. Within them, the students were presented how to use the design applications, but also how to use the basic components of the future robots.
Decreasing the interest in science among young people has led to programs that encourage students to discover the fascinating world of accurate science through practical applications and examples that will highlight their potential, creativity and passion for STEM, and teachers must be trained on a permanent basis depending on the real needs of the future, because it is known, it is not enough to know something, more important is to do something with that knowledge.
The author of the article,
Eliza Marinela SOTIRESCU