STEM using drones
Everybody is showing great interest in STEM. So what is so interesting about STEM and does it really concerned us? STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. And why should we be concerned? Yes, we should be concerned because it was found that students are slowly but surely moving away from taking science and moving towards art subjects. The ratio of science to arts students is one third of those seeking arts studies. Itís almost a universal standard and that has raised the eyebrows of educators.
One of the perceived reasons is that it is easier to take arts subjects than mathematics. Why would you want to work so hard and at the end of the day, you could excel in the arts stream and make more money than you can ever make in the sciences. Bankers and lawyers certainly think so. And adding to that it was found that American students donít do well in mathematics maybe because of how maths is being thought. On a comparison basis, Asians (Chinese and Indians) certainly performs better in the mathematical realm than Americans.
Well, western educators are really concerned because that can affect the productivity of their citizen in the years to come, in cognisance of the fact that we are all moving towards a world run by robotics and Artificial Intelligence. There is a dearth of scientist to take up available jobs in America now. Could it then bring in Asians to fill the gap? Chilling thoughts really, and so a STEM policy was devised to plug the gap. STEM took off in the west but so does the rest of the world, having digested that the future belongs to automation.
All right, so STEM is the way to go but do we have the right methodology? Just telling students to take up science might not work because people prefer the easier way rather than to rough it out than trying to have interest in figuring out how a math formula work. In truth, studying maths and doing well in it is really boring. Maybe even nerdy! And people tend to shy away from socialising with nerds. Would you want to be one? And that creates the problem why students prefer to take arts as being the easier course. So we are left to figure how to impart interest in STEM.
It was officially started in 2012 and championed by the National Science Foundation to address the void left by students to study arts subjects. It was targeted at the primary schools because you need to inculcate them from a young age. Strategy wise, the United States National Academics recommended that STEM should spark the K-12 sector first and then teachers should improve their teaching skills in mathematics and science which should lead to a larger field to enter college to pursue science and mathematics. As a result of this initiative, many programs were introduced to get the young interested in STEM and many methods were still under review.
On our part, we are introducing a program that we think will easily spark off interest in STEM. We called it Do It Yourself Drone program. Since drones are exciting to get hold off, we give students a chance to hold on it from the parts to its full assembly to how to fly a drone. So when you can see what is it made of, you would have marvelled at its engineering and when you finally make it fly, you would feel have felt great when for the first time you have made an object fly.
Thatís how we think people will get interested in an engineering marvel! Certainly more so than if you were to assemble a robot that is only able to stay on the ground moving in circles! And there is more! Drones can do marvels in the air and almost every other day, you will hear of news of people inventing new use for the drones. Now what do you think that young gun will think when he or she has assembled a drone and fly it? He or she will think of other possibilities like what can I do with it. Or right, we leave it there and sure enough, it would have spark other things like putting a camera on board and so and so. Now you see it right. All you need is a spark. It is now possible, anything and so we will leave the young student dreaming about what they can do. Period. Possibilities and et el.