STEM is a new education model promoted in the United States, and there are many introductory articles on the Internet. A specific concept or idea itself will reflect different appearances and discussions due to the environment and personal views. To understand STEM. It is recommended to first go to the official website of the US Department of Education to directly understand the original intention of STEM.
This Background brief can be summarized as follows:
- In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world,
- it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems
- Make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions
- To achieve 2 and 3, students learn skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and computer science
- If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers can understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and literacy in STEM fields is essential.
- A child’s zip code should not determine their STEM literacy and educational options
Generally, STEM articles focus on the 4 but ignore the 2 and 3. Problem-solving and decision-making exercises are what traditional schools lack.
The problem here is not just the bottlenecks or bugs you encounter when writing software, but also how to design a product or improve a process.
For decision-making, you need to know where to collect right data, how to analyze it by dedicated judgment criteria in the field. The more relevant experience in this field, the higher the decision accuracy.
This is a systematic thinking training that requires continuous experience accumulation and good habits.
There are many similar experiences in the development of products in the industry for reference. For example, to make decisions, CMMI LEVEL3 DAR (Decision Analysis and Resolution) has a similar process. You don’t need to read the entire DAR process, but you can look at DAR’s SG (Special Goal of each process).
If you don’t pay attention to 2 and 3, STEM education will unknowingly detour back to the old path of traditional education. And traditional textbooks are just turned into Arduino control board exercises
Science and technology are very easy to understand. Engineering is a relatively unfamiliar subject, because it rarely appears in high school, middle school and elementary school textbooks. Engineering has many aspects and levels. How to assemble a product is engineering, how to develop a product is an engineering, system evaluation is an engineering, and how to solve problems and make correct decisions is also an engineering. Each organization (school) develops its own Engineering according to its culture.
Math is also easily misunderstood because it is too familiar. In STEM, math is not just calculating math exercise, it is mainly used for assessment. Risk assessment, initial assessment, product effectiveness assessment, development effectiveness assessment, school (organization) teaching needs assessment. To evaluate, it is necessary to find out key indicators and quantify the indicators, so that dedicated indicators can be used for tracking and comparison.
Art belongs to a kind of humanistic concern. In recent years, art has joined, and STEM has become STEAM. Traditional polytechnic teaching rarely includes humanistic qualities. When an engineer has an idea of caring for himself, his product will make him look pleasing to the eye. When caring for others, he will be willing to design product that has friendly MMI (Man Machine Interface) to operate. When his care reaches more people, he will want to design works that benefit others, such as ocean vacuum cleaners.
ROV MAKER is willing to share our experience in product design, including the development of thinking, problems encountered and improvement experience. We will use the WaterFall model, a simple process development model well-known in the industry, to illustrate the content of each STEM field at each stage. It will be mainly based on bionic mechanical fish and STEM PVC ROV. Please look forward to it~~