ABOUT STEM PASSPORT
Is your child a 21st-century thinker and learner? Thinking and learning styles in the last ten years have evolved much more rapidly than the education system has, and the gap continues to grow. This is especially true in the midst of the changes that the response to COVID-19 has inflicted on the education system.
A teacher-led educational experience should, at a minimum, adhere to some very simple rules to enhance effectiveness. The first is the use of a hands-on, minds-on approach framed by the learner's prior experiences, knowledge, and current understanding (which all must be determined diagnostically). The second is to incorporate a planned, but flexible method of scaffolding concepts, in context, through experiences that reinforce both breadth and depth of mastery and connectivity over time. The third...is that it must be fun enough for the learner to want to continue the pursuit of learning on their own time!
With that said, the practice of teaching individual subjects in both formal and informal settings needs to evolve. Our kids are drowning in an ocean of information and they lack the skills needed to process it all. Critical thinking, computational thinking, strategic reasoning, and social-emotional skills should be prioritized and taught explicitly to set the stage for information processing and constructing meaning about the world we live in.
STEM Passport uses game thinking and gamification mechanics that focus on storytelling and narratives to drive long-term engagement and success. The name STEM Passport was chosen because we believe in the idea of learning being a journey. Standards are useful for framing but are too often used as destinations that must be reached at all costs.