School system putting technology at top of the agenda for pupils
By Mahak Mannan Increasing demand from parents for sciencefocused schools has led to the growth of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education system across the country.
The STEM system separates itself from the usual syllabus by offering a programme called MultiSmart, which combines science, technology and digital literacy, engineering and design and maths with creative learning to prepare children for a technologically-advanced world.
This system helps students develop an outlook beyond the classroom.
“STEM schools prioritise their focus on science and maths with regards to facilities offered and teachers to raise future experts in the field,” said Allen Bird, Director of Education at Fortes, launching the firm’s Sunmarke School. The STEM-based MultiSmart learning school opens this September.
The STEM system caters to students from nursery to grade 12, he said, adding: “There is no reason why younger kids cannot use tech-advanced facilities. The best bit of education comes when a kid is youngest, that is when you absorb clearly.
“Unless we expose kids at an early age, the world is missing the trick to prepare children in advance for what they will choose to specify in when they are older.”
Giving an example, Bird said: “We will take our kids out in the field to report an event and make them broadcast it live to our studio, through which we will teach them how to connect and explain the broadcast system behind it. We can then have them edit their own video, too.”
John Wakefield, Director of Education at Virginia International Private School, added: “We have included arts in the STEM system to centre it on literacy.
“The foundation of all learning is literacy, which is why we prioritise reading, speaking, listening and writing.”
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