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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH STEAM



At SuperSci, we fully understand the need of each and every parent to give their child a head start in life, especially when it comes to meeting their educational and cognitive developmental needs. Therefore, we have strongly emphasized STEAM as a fundamental part of our curricula since such a component in XXI Century education provides our youth with a significant jump to an enriching and lifelong learning experience.

STEAM learning initiatives are incredibly important in the years leading to formal schooling. Most modern researchers and scholars consider it the best way to prepare young children for educational journeys while maintaining the need for fun and excitement that is so important at a young age. Also, STEAM areas are designed to work together to help young learners understand that subjects are connected, not separate, which is why SuperSci has developed solutions that can be used as valuable tools to allow educational institutions to go full steam ahead with a STEM education and provide learners with a unique opportunity to experience everything they learn from a completely different perspective. As an added value, STEAM encourages learners to experience spontaneous play and exploration in their early years.


The primary purpose of starting a STEAM program at an early age is to develop a child's curiosity further, acquire the ability to pay attention for longer spans, and encourage an inquisitive nature. Toddlers and preschoolers, for example, may be too young to understand complex concepts, but can still maintain a desire to learn through play and personal development.

Furthermore, a STEAM program encourages young learners to use all their senses to explore the world around them. Learning to see, feel, hear, smell, and speak naturally leads to improved fine motor skills and language development for children to communicate what they observe. Plus, a safe learning environment gives them the confidence to push themselves, play with new ideas, use new tools and experiment with unfamiliar objects. Additionally, it has been shown that a young learner who adopts STEM skills early in life is more likely to transition easily into a rigorous school life. What this means is that greater comfort and increased confidence acquired through this model lead to better performance not only academically but also in all areas of life.


Now then, one of the main pillars of SuperSci is the understanding that Science focuses on our ability to reason about tangible and intangible things. It is always driven by our desire to discover. It is about us, others, the natural world, and our interdependence, and is indeed the foundation of our very existence. Therefore, at SuperSci, we approach Science through a growth-oriented mindset and effective use of the five senses.


Thus, only a true modern scientific approach can support and nurture our learners and empower their desire to learn, investigate, observe, test, predict, evaluate, and gather evidence. Without this, we risk undermining their potential and preventing them from striving for a life that does not repress beauty, wonder, and encourages the desire to know more. The truth is that children are born curious and inquisitive. The connection of all life on earth is an integral core that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages a desire for a connection to their own reality.


Fortunately, technological tools such as those offered by SuperSci allow students to take their thoughts and ideas into action and create things that serve the common good of humanity. Our understanding drives this that even though shifting the paradigm is challenging, today's youth evermore express the need to be seen and inspired to find real solutions to real problems and use their skills to create positive change.


Let's talk about Engineering… in essence, it is the union of design thinking and innovation. This means that throughout their development, young learners need time to explore identified problems and find solutions and can design and redesign based on observations and insights. Here is where they learn how to solve problems in all areas of life. A STEAM model teaches them to deconstruct when they think about technology. This means understanding the importance of breaking down complex concepts into smaller, manageable pieces. Hence, through abstraction, young learners learn how to eliminate unnecessary and useless details, gaining clarity in their pursuit of results.


Additionally, working together helps young learners to understand the value of teamwork and how cooperating with others can sometimes be more successful than working alone. In other words, engineering is about using all skills and wonders to create something the world has never seen. Art is also at the core of STEAM education and a driving force that motivates young learners to participate. To that end, our learning solutions allow learners to explore their creativity because we acknowledge the need for young learners to develop their creative thinking skills.


At SuperSci, we also understand that every learner's potential must be seen as a window through which one can see the world, which is why we have designed our learning solutions striving to provide stimulating opportunities and environments to allow young learners to unleash their creativity.


Furthermore, we also understand that even though Art may not seem to fit into this model, the reality is that it plays a central role in supporting and developing a youth's creative process. Creativity becomes a reality only when we pay attention to nurturing learners' cognitive processes and the end results they achieve in different areas of behavior and understanding.


Now, we also see that Mathematics is about more than just recognizing shapes and counting numbers. Mathematics is when everything is seen from a logical perspective, which is why success in mathematics is achieved through an open, analytical, and curious mindset. The set paradigm is that Mathematics is a rigorous subject that can only be mastered following the belief that few have the actual talent to truly understand it. However, the reality is that anyone can do math with the right learning tools and motivation. Hence, through a STEAM model, any young learner can be taught to believe in their ability to master math.





Therefore, STEAM activities for young learners impact all areas of life. And since they're already digital natives, the STEAM phenomenon is becoming increasingly important. For example, more and more young learners will benefit from connected learning systems that show that subjects like Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Art, and Technology are not isolated universes of disciplines but effective tools that will enable them to approach and solve problems by combining them all.


Most importantly, STEAM fosters the development of key cognitive skills and rapid progress in social and communication skills that enable active collaboration. It's the perfect combination for success in the digital age.


We need to understand that as our youth engage in STEAM-based activities, interaction with other learners increases and becomes an important process. That is why we have designed our learning solutions to facilitate the sharing of curiosity and inquisitiveness, which can take a developing young person's love of learning to a whole new level.


There are many ways to start a young person's journey with a STEAM enrichment program, but ultimately, it is all about providing learning solutions that are both engaging and relatable. Thus, at SuperSci, we strive to provide learning solutions that will allow educators to lead young learners to discover and understand how and why things happen in their own way. Our solutions demonstrate that learning can be engaging and enjoyable when hands-on learning is applied in a fun and safe environment.


Finally, it's all about showing young learners how to become much better in their areas of interest and reach their full potential. The result is that they will not only do they enjoy the learning process, but they will also develop a genuine thirst for new knowledge… which will be the key to their success!





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