STEM FAQ

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Why STEM?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. While all jobs are expected to grow by 10.4%, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 21.4%. Similarly, 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills.

Why STEM early ?

Of the 3.8 million 9th graders in the US, only 233,000 end up choosing a STEM degree in college (National Center for Education Statistics). That means only six STEM graduates out of every 100 9th graders. While we know that young students work their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Games app easily, We have learnt that they too engage with ideas big and small - problem solving, thinking mathematically and using logic and reasoning. It is the practical application of those ideas and the creative thinking required to solve authentic problems forms the basis of a truly engaging learning experience.

What if my Son/Daughter is not interested in pursuing STEM careers when they grow up?

We believe that everyone would benefit from learning the basic skills and mental gymnastics required to write simple computer programs, regardless of their future career choices. Technology is pervasive in almost every aspect of daily life, and as the workplace changes, STEM knowledge and skills grow in importance for a variety of workers (not just for Mathematicians and Scientists). This is a great age to introduce them with these skills. Please click here to learn more !

What is Cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet).

What is App Development?

Application development (particularly Mobile App Development) is the process by which application software is developed for low-power handheld devices, such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants or mobile phones.

What is Python?

Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains. Python is often compared to Tcl, Perl, Ruby, Scheme or Java. Python is making inroads at all levels in education. Python offers an interactive environment in which to explore procedural, functional and object oriented approaches to problem solving. Its high level data structures and clear syntax make it an ideal language for Middle School students, while the large number of existing libraries make it suitable to tackle almost any programming tasks.

What is Scratch ?

Scratch is a programming language designed for Children in Elementary School as a part of MIT project that makes it easy for students to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share their creations on the web. As young students create and share Scratch projects, they learn important Mathematical and Computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.