The Use of Tech to Increase STEM Awareness

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The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM, can open up endless pathways to success by providing the learners with a valuable opportunity to develop vital skills that they will most definitely need in our technologically advanced world.

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With the rapid development of modern-day technology, particularly in the information and communication fields, educators and researchers around the world are advocating the potential invaluable merits of using educational technology to improve STEM learning outcomes and increase STEM awareness.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the ways that technology can help learners of all ages engage with these fundamental subjects.

Digital STEM models
Because robotics are the cutting edge of technology, research experts are now more focused than ever on creating advanced models that can help students comprehend the complex STEM subjects more effectively. With a unique balance of hardware and software, these experts have managed to make it much easier to get students excited and engaged in the learning process. Unlike the outdated and unimaginative classroom experiments, STEM models can teach students to learn and eventually master fundamental STEM concepts through interacting with dynamic representations of mathematical, scientific, and engineering systems.

By using digital models and collaborative simulations to demonstrate the various applications of a theory, a concept, or an equation, educators can dive deeper into their curriculums. Moreover, with these simulations, students will be able to engage with each other in critical thinking and see tangible applications of various STEM principles that they wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise.

Virtual reality
Virtual reality (VR) uses computer-generated imagery and human-computer interaction to emulate the operation of real labs, allowing students to practice experiments without the use of actual physical components. The key behind the success of VR is that it’s 3D, interactive, and most importantly, it creates the effect of interacting with real materials and components, not just with 2D pictures.

Because the digital and gaming industries have already created an increasing demand for VR, if applied properly, VR can be one of the most popular technological tools in the education sector as well. The immersive technology allows students to explore the different dimensions of various concepts as they learn.

By giving learners the ability to work hands-on and view objects from multiple viewpoints, VR can deepen their learning experience. Additionally, with VR, the student would be experiencing the construction of new knowledge rather than merely reading or hearing about the new information. This type of immersive learning allows the students’ cognition to move from hypothetical, representational learning to interactive, conceptual learning.

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Mobile learning
Mobile learning is a form of electronic learning that allows learners to use their electronic devices to study STEM from any location and at any time. Because mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are widely used, they play a big role in how the majority of the world’s population communicate and access information. As a result, there has been considerable focus on developing different mobile learning applications over the past decade.

By taking advantage of the user’s and the device’s mobility, mobile learning facilitates STEM learning across multiple contexts, allowing each learner to study at their own rhythm. Mobile devices are commonly used in classrooms for note-taking and presentations, but they can also be used in various collaborative learning activities as well as providing immediate and individualized feedback.

Interactive online learning
Over the past few years, experts have been looking for the best way to educate large numbers of students with lowered costs while engaging their cognitive and non-cognitive skills. The simple yet ingenious solution that they came up with was to combine online learning with technology. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are thought to be the most convenient way to democratize STEM education.

A MOOC is an online course aimed to invite large-scale participation by granting learners free access to the course materials online. Besides the traditional course materials, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with immediate feedback and live user forums to support interaction and collaboration among students, professors, and teaching assistants.

As you can see, the use of technology can make STEM education much more effective and efficient. We believe that by encouraging interaction and creativity, the application of technologies such as digital models, virtual reality, mobile learning, and Interactive, online learning can make it easier to comprehend the different STEM subjects, consequently, increase STEM awareness.

In the near future, we hope that more and more teachers and educational institutes will start optimizing these advanced methods, to deliver information more effectively and ultimately enhance the students’ learning experiences and create better learning outcomes. With the increased advancement of technology, it has become a necessity that we are able to learn and comprehend complex STEM subjects for literal application in the world.

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The Use of Tech to Increase STEM Awareness
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The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM, can open up endless pathways to success by providing the learners with a valuable opportunity to develop vital skills that they will most definitely need in our technologically advanced world.

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