School sys­tem putting tech­nol­ogy at top of the agenda for pupils

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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.”

IN DE­MAND: Pro­gramme com­bines sub­jects with cre­ative learn­ing

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