A Word on STEM/STEAM

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Starting this Monday, you are invited to have a ‘sneak-peek’ of the main topics and themes, which we will explore with our Munchkins during the week ahead.
Naturally, these sneak-peeks will cover MCM’s fabulous Cooking Classes as well as our themed Art, Crafts, Literature and STEM/STEAM activities.
But before we get started, a quick note on STEM/STEAM:
STEM and its sister STEAM are pretty hot topics these days. But what are they exactly? Well, they are the future!

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. No doubt, those are all areas of learning that kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future, right? But, do we really need to add an “A” for art? Yes, we certainly do, because the arts open up the right-brain thinking needed to innovate and create. So, while STEM is required to make those crazy right-brain ideas successful and feasible, the idea needs to happen, and that requires strong right-brain skills, which are certainly enhanced via the arts. The arts make STEM complete, and enable our children to truly reap the benefits that STEM has to offer. It’s one thing to be proficient at these heavily left-brain, analytical studies, but it requires a little creativity to dream up the next iPhone or Facebook.

In short, exposing kids to simple STEM/STEAM ideas and activities from an early age on, certainly sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow. Kids thrive with STEM/STEAM activities, because they satisfy children’s endless curiosity, expand their horizons via a hands-on approach, and teach them to accept occasional failure as means to success. So, presenting STEM/STEAM activities in a playful way even to very young children, will not only teach them simple yet amazing concepts, but more so will build their life-long love for exploration, discovery, learning, and creation.

Will STEM/STEAM turn our Munchkins into future Einstein’s? Well, who knows, but these siblings will certainly encourage and empower our young creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors.

In the meantime, stay tuned for the first edition of our weekly MCM Activities Sneak-Peek to be published on Monday, 29th of January 2018.