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Saturday, May 09, 2015

STEM connects young students with math, science

"STEM Learning Lab provides young students with engaging and interactive learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math by integrating those subjects in ways that are fun and hands-on." continues Calgary Herald.

Ryan Clements, left, and Gina Cherkowski, co-founders of STEM Learning Labs. 
Photo: Calgary Herald

STEM Learning Lab provides young students with engaging and interactive learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math by integrating those subjects in ways that are fun and hands-on.
For example, STEM’s curriculum also includes the powerful robotics platform EZ-Robot enabling kids engage in science and technology through building and playing with robots.

Here’s more from founders Gina Cherkowski and Ryan Clements:

How did you come up with the idea for your startup? Was there an “ah-ha” moment?
Gina: After many years of teaching in the classroom we still have so many kids who don’t have the competitive advantages in a world that requires an understanding of math, science, data, technology, and real world problem solving. This new world is based on having strong numeracy skills as well as visual and spatial reasoning skills. Adding arts to the equation is one way to do this.

We can also build these skills by teaching math visually using spatial temporal reasoning and by teaching things such as robotics. Most school curriculums do not target visual spatial skill development; in fact it is the smallest part of most math curriculums. Given that visual spatial reasoning is critical for learning, we know that supplementing children’s experiences with activities that promote visual spatial skills is important.

We wanted to provide a platform for children to learn these important skills while they are engaging in fun hands-on experiences and making new friends. Our camps not only target visual spatial skills and math and science skills, we also foster the development of computational literacy, analytical reasoning, problem solving, computer programing and logic-systems thinking.
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Source: Calgary Herald


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