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Old 03-01-2021, 01:34 PM   #1
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Best way to instill interest in STEM

Any parents can share how to instill interest in STEM? Not intending to PRESSURE him but to instill a healthy sense of appreciation, interest and curiosity in STEM.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:13 PM   #2
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Do it together with your kid.

1) You can inspire the kid, there's no better inspiration for the kid than to see the parent being able to do it even better.
2) You can guide the kid and give prompts when the kid is having issues, questions so you can resolve on the spot rather than "go ask your teacher" (99.9% the child won't ask).
3) Try to correlate things learnt during lessons with real world solutions.
4) Let them do it themselves. Its ok if they fail. With failure, comes confidence.

And lastly, DO NOT OUTSOURCE EVERYTHING TO THE TEACHERS.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:00 AM   #3
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Many people who go into STEM as elite professionals usually has someone who inspired them, like a family member, a teacher/mentor, or a good friend with such interest.

How children get inspired is, someone with a STEM background explains to them the "beauty" of STEM. This applies to many other fields, including the arts. Many top musicians usually have parents who play instruments. Rock band members usually have friends to jam with when they were young.

The most important point i want to make is, many Singaporeans go into STEM education in the beginning, but fail to reach high levels of skill because of distractions in life. Something as simple as dating can take up a lot of a person's time and mind. Most highly skilled STEM professionals spend a lot of time focused on their work. Even at home, their brain might still be thinking about work even though they are doing the laundry or baking a cake.

It is something that I find many Singaporeans cannot achieve, or many people in the world cannot achieve, because of leisure distractions. And Singapore has a lot of distractions. KTVs, shopping malls, cinemas etc everywhere.

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Old 20-01-2021, 10:29 AM   #4
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Bought a kiwico kit and started to assemble with it with him. Hopefully the various scientific theories will wow him n instil some sort of appreciation for STEM. Also planning to send him to a coding school to know more about STEM.
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Old 20-01-2021, 07:56 PM   #5
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I personally recommend Lego mindstorm. It is a toy, but yet it is beyond just a toy. As a guardian, the time you spent building the toy and also to educate how the virtual world bridge up with the physical world is a good introduction of how realise Mathematics and Science comes into play. The kids might find it easier to grasp from a physical standpoint rather than an abstract form. It can also extend wider and deeper into other more advance form like microcontrollers and SBC. Another more advance hobby sets will be like PI-TOP 4 or Freenove vehicle set that i knew. Bottom line is guardian involvement and introduction.
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Old 21-01-2021, 01:45 PM   #6
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Yeah. LEGOģ Education sounds good I think.
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Old 23-01-2021, 08:13 PM   #7
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I personally recommend Lego mindstorm. It is a toy, but yet it is beyond just a toy. As a guardian, the time you spent building the toy and also to educate how the virtual world bridge up with the physical world is a good introduction of how realise Mathematics and Science comes into play. The kids might find it easier to grasp from a physical standpoint rather than an abstract form. It can also extend wider and deeper into other more advance form like microcontrollers and SBC. Another more advance hobby sets will be like PI-TOP 4 or Freenove vehicle set that i knew. Bottom line is guardian involvement and introduction.
Sounds good too. But would it be better to go to a robotic class for kids in that way?
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Old 23-01-2021, 08:37 PM   #8
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Sounds good too. But would it be better to go to a robotic class for kids in that way?
If one can afford the time and cost to go for robotics class, why not. One shouldnít treat it like a tuition class. treat it like an activity with ur kids, this way everyone will benefit more from the experiences playing together.
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Many people who go into STEM as elite professionals usually has someone who inspired them, like a family member, a teacher/mentor, or a good friend with such interest.

How children get inspired is, someone with a STEM background explains to them the "beauty" of STEM. This applies to many other fields, including the arts. Many top musicians usually have parents who play instruments. Rock band members usually have friends to jam with when they were young.

The most important point i want to make is, many Singaporeans go into STEM education in the beginning, but fail to reach high levels of skill because of distractions in life. Something as simple as dating can take up a lot of a person's time and mind. Most highly skilled STEM professionals spend a lot of time focused on their work. Even at home, their brain might still be thinking about work even though they are doing the laundry or baking a cake.

It is something that I find many Singaporeans cannot achieve, or many people in the world cannot achieve, because of leisure distractions. And Singapore has a lot of distractions. KTVs, shopping malls, cinemas etc everywhere.

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That is why I am curious how davidktw learn and retain so many knowledge
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I personally recommend Lego mindstorm. It is a toy, but yet it is beyond just a toy. As a guardian, the time you spent building the toy and also to educate how the virtual world bridge up with the physical world is a good introduction of how realise Mathematics and Science comes into play. The kids might find it easier to grasp from a physical standpoint rather than an abstract form. It can also extend wider and deeper into other more advance form like microcontrollers and SBC. Another more advance hobby sets will be like PI-TOP 4 or Freenove vehicle set that i knew. Bottom line is guardian involvement and introduction.
Lego mindstorm costs 500+ 😱
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Old 27-01-2021, 12:20 AM   #11
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Lego mindstorm costs 500+ 😱
How much do your future or your kidsí future worth? What is the price to illumination?
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Old 27-01-2021, 01:24 AM   #12
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That is why I am curious how davidktw learn and retain so many knowledge
You are thinking too hard to a simple question.

Do what you love. Love what you do.

That way you donít even need to try to remember, you will want to remember, because you enjoy those knowledge and you want to have them with you.
I have already shared the technique so often and so long ago, but you are still asking the same old question.

A couple of persons in my life participated
- a father whom bought me my first nintendo console, and my first 2nd hand XT
- a neighbour whom show me an autocad software with a digitizer puck
- a tuition teacher whom show me games running on her EGA 286 PC
- 2 cousins whom show me the wonder of gaming on PC and exposure to a 9-pin colour dot matrix printer
- a pair of JC teachers whom imparted me with formal training in Computer Science and given me the opportunity to explore the vastness of it

Still all these are just history, the most important reason why I grasp on to it is because I wanted it, I love it. Does the reason need to be sophisticated?

Yet today I am still exploring, loved to be awed by what I didnít know and havenít try.

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Old 27-01-2021, 10:40 AM   #13
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watch bill nye the science guy and mythbusters together. Dont let his brain rot watching pointless youtube videos. can buy interesting science books.

In the end, also depends on his interst
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Old 27-01-2021, 06:07 PM   #14
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You are thinking too hard to a simple question.

Do what you love. Love what you do.

That way you donít even need to try to remember, you will want to remember, because you enjoy those knowledge and you want to have them with you.
I have already shared the technique so often and so long ago, but you are still asking the same old question.

A couple of persons in my life participated
- a father whom bought me my first nintendo console, and my first 2nd hand XT
- a neighbour whom show me an autocad software with a digitizer puck
- a tuition teacher whom show me games running on her EGA 286 PC
- 2 cousins whom show me the wonder of gaming on PC and exposure to a 9-pin colour dot matrix printer
- a pair of JC teachers whom imparted me with formal training in Computer Science and given me the opportunity to explore the vastness of it

Still all these are just history, the most important reason why I grasp on to it is because I wanted it, I love it. Does the reason need to be sophisticated?

Yet today I am still exploring, loved to be awed by what I didnít know and havenít try.
Do you record notes on what you love to learn? And then write them again? Or everything is in your head once you "love" it?
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Old 27-01-2021, 06:08 PM   #15
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How much do your future or your kidsí future worth? What is the price to illumination?
I am sure there is cheaper way of teaching electronics?
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