Watch: Tiny tots get schooled in S.T.E.M.
Educator Julie Kow is providing a blended learning environment for some of the youngest minds of Trinidad, demonstrating to them how science can be applied to everyday life.
Julie is the founder of Tinkergarden S.T.E.M. Discovery Centre, a pre-school that utilises S.T.E.M. in its curriculum.
S.T.E.M.is an integrative programme which connects science, technology, engineering, and maths together to offer children opportunities to build fundamental knowledge about these key areas, as well as to build the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary of 21st-century learners.
According to Kow, it's important now more important than ever before to prepare children for a future that demands computational and technological skills and Tinkergarden starts setting the foundation for this kind of learning to ensure that children are ahead of the curve.
The school uses the Reggio-Emilia approach, an educational philosophy named after the city in Italy which has inspired schools around the world to consider children as competent, capable, and naturally curious. It frames the school's approach to children learning by placing adults alongside children as facilitators to their learning process. The teachers observe and document children's thoughts and explorations, and then they layer on learning by helping them to delve deeper into the things in which they are interested.
Upcoming registration for July/August STEM Camp has officially opened. The camp will run from July 9 to August 17 and caters to children ages 6 months to 8 years old. On June 30 from 2PM-6PM, the school is giving the general public an opportunity to visit the centre and meet its teachers.
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