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Changing the Paradigm of STEM Education

Integrated STEM Education

There is a need to change the perception of STEM education. STEM education cannot be viewed as teaching four unrelated subject matters. STEM education should be treated as an integral education. Mathematics, science, technology and engineering are taught in classes in hope that students will use these subjects simultaneously to make new discoveries, to explore new ideas, to make new products and to provide better services. As such, more project-based activities, that enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they learn from STEM courses should be implemented into curriculums. Practical hands-on learning-by-doing activities go hand-in-hand with STEM education. They complement each other. If a person does not have a good STEM knowledge, it is difficult for him/or her to become a competent innovator and designer. However, if a person demonstrates excellent STEM knowledge on exams, it does not mean this individual can be a competent designer or engineer overnight. Any successful designer or engineer would agree that it takes many years of experience and setbacks for him or her to reach that level.

In the Fall Semester of 2010 the Mechatronics Technology Center (MTC) became a reality in City Tech with a support from National Science Foundation. Mechatronics / Robotics Student Club was formed. MTC provided a platform for students to engage in various hands-on activities. These activities help students to gain knowledge, experience, and learn from their mistakes. In December of 2010 we realized two things:
  1. There is still a lot to do.
  2. We accomplished a lot in the short time of one semester.
Here, in presentation form, are the highlights of the Fall 2010 Semester at the Mechatronics Technology Center at City Tech