How STEAM will give kids a better chance in life
Meet ‘IGNITE Serious Play’: robotics after school classes in English
In the middle of something.
To receive training and experience in something.
The individuals are in control of the projects completely.
Creating things that mimic natural mechanisms .
To know about things that will be important in the near future.
We are in the midst of a digital revolution and, even though it is impossible to predict exactly what the future holds, what’s sure is that in 15 years our younger generations will have professional titles we can’t even imagine. Just some years ago it was hard to believe that jobs like Big Data Analyst or Back-End Software Developer would be in high demand.
With all this in mind there are two areas most people are worried about: speaking English in a highly competitive and global world, and keeping their technological skills up to date.
That’s why most parents think it is important their kids get trained in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), and what better way than combined with English? Robotics, coding, 3D printing and virtual reality might not sound like things kids would enjoy, but combined with art, culture and self-lead projects, it’s a different story! We spoke with Ignacio Aso, Managing Director at IGNITE Serious Play, who told us everything you need to know about the infinite possibilities of STEAM learning.
They got inspiration from the Scandinavian method. In Denmark and other northern countries they take wood and biomimetic technology as a way of expressing new ideas through prototypes, hardware and software. IGNITE signed a pedagogic deal with them, not only to adapt the methodology for Spanish learners but to build a bridge between these young kids from different countries: this way they learn from each other’s creations but also about the culture in each of the participant countries, which include South Korea, Indonesia, Lebanon, the United States, Mexico and other European countries. They both connect with these kids via video call or recording videos for them, which makes it essential for them to communicate in English. Each trimester they work with a different country and on a project related to different cultural movements. For example, this year they’ve worked on projects such as technological interpretations of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works, the ocean floor as Jules Verne had imagined it – but only with robots!- and musical instruments.
Just like at What’s Up! they believe in learning by doing, in creating a space where the students can have fun and learn through experience. If you aren’t feeling good it is very hard to really learn anything. The old days when teachers would enter a class, talk for two hours then leave are gone! Students, both kids and adults, need to practice, make mistakes and learn things by doing them.
The future is led by technology and those who get ahead of the game have a better chance of success. What’s more, the future definitely speaks English!