STEM Elite (10-12 years old)
STEM is the disciplines of knowledge consisting of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Mathematics with the integration of various Technologies and Engineering. STEM incorporates all the Technologies that engages Science and Mathematics.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the economy. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
While in Malaysia, the Global Innovation Index 2019 shows the facts that Malaysia ranked number 130/137 in the Product Innovation Index. This shows that the nation is not able to design or innovate a product. The worrying number also indicate that the students hardly show interest in STEM area.
STEM Elite is a programme designed for upper primary school children, where they will be learning ‘design by making’ via the technology platform of Siemens Solid Edge. The programme is about 22 weeks per academic year, and they will be attempt for Siemens Certification to earn a micro-credentials.