The acronym SteM refers to education-related programs in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As we progress in the 21st century, “Higher order thinking skills” is essential to meet the interdisciplinary STEM practices.
In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our young learners to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.
These are the types of skills that young learners learn by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics—subjects collectively known as SteM. Educational leaders have recently argued that the key to future prosperity of today’s children is improving SteM learning opportunities for them.
The foundations of SteM education begin in a child’s very early years. All young children should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow.
Science – There are 24 topics in the series. Each topic starts with a story. The story is exploited to help young learner to conceptualize and internalize scientific notions and principles. These scientific concepts are grounded in everyday experiences with illustrative pictures. At the end of each topic, there is an experimental set for the learners to explore and solve a task with the knowledge that they have just learnt.
Maths – There are 30 topics in this series. MELS maths creates a wide range of stories which are used to develop maths skills such as counting, number formation, ordering, addition, subtraction, months of the year, days of the week and telling the time. Children enjoy stories as they provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for learning to take place.