* We were given access to STEM MINDS- STEAM Hub Level 2 for our family to try out. This review is my honest opinion of the program*
We can’t deny that technology is part of our children’s lives. In just the past year schools have moved to online learning and numerous workplaces have made the sift as well. Many children will choose to pursue a future in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. I believe STEM education is important for everyone because it integrates problem solving, collaboration and creativity into some amazing projects.
When looking for new ways to approach this type of education I also wanted to make sure it aligned with our views of education. We have found that children learn best when they are interested in the topic, motivated to keep learning, and have real life application for their new skills. This is why I was so thrilled to get connected with STEM MINDS.
STEM Minds offers cutting edge STEM programs to youth ages 4-18 to take your child’s STEM education to the next level and prepare them for the future.STEM MINDS
After speaking with the founder Anu Bidani, I could feel her passion for the work she does and the mission of STEM Minds. Their approach to learning was very similar to what we wanted for our children and a refreshing change from many programs out. Our children aren’t just vessels to be filled with information we tell them they have to know. They have ideas, and interested of their own to contribute to their learning.
Types of learning offered
Online self paced courses. My boys are enrolled in the STEAM Hub. With this option they have access to 20+ different courses to work through at their own pace.
Live virtual classes. With many options for different age groups, children will learn, build, share, and collaborate online with other children.
In person at their head quarters in Aurora, Ontario children can use the maker space to share their ideas, get creative and learn in real time.
What classes are offered?
Here are some of the popular courses offered. New classes are being added al the time.
- 3D Design
- Video Game Design in several programs
- 2D Design
- Storytelling with Minecraft
- App Development
- Web Development
- Coding in several different platforms
- Computer Music
- Film & Photography
- Public Speaking
- And more on the way!
What are the courses like?
Our boys are part of STEAM Hub. In each class there are approximately 8-15 modules to progress through. Learning outcomes and expectations are very clear. The lessons are short and well laid out. There is a lesson to read with photo to explain, then a video to watch. The lesson for the video is also clearly written out and included which was great for us to refer to afterwards. Each module has a quiz for understanding, discussion questions, and challenges (assignment). The challenges take what was taught in the lesson but stretch your child’s to apply it in a new situation.
Some of the classes use additional applications that are available online for free. There are step-by-step instructions on how to access and use these programs.
What is the support like?
For the courses we are taking the support is very good. Each assignment is graded with feedback. There is a discussion forum also for each module. We find that STEM Minds is very responsive to feed back and quick to email if you have any questions.
Is this just another after school activity?
No! They wonderful thing about STEM Minds is that they keep track of your child’s progress. You can then continue to take different classes and have a complete record of all your child’s work.
Homeschoolers will love this option to add to their curriculum and education. Imagine having proof of learning and records to show what your children are taking. STEM Minds has been working diligently to become accredited in the US. What an incredible portfolio asset.
How my family is using STEM MINDS
So far my boys are diligently working through Photography, Coding with Arduino and 3D Design. As our internet improves I’m sure my boys will take on more. Our slow speed makes online life more frustrating for them. They can’t wait to work through more classes and have decided to make STEM MINDS a regular part of their school routine.
What is on the horizon for STEM Minds?
More classes are coming this fall on e-sports, networks, databases, cyber security, IOT, blockchain, etc. They are also enabling our micro-credentialing in the fall.
If you are looking for a holistic approach to integrating STEM education for your children, I highly recommend that you sign up for SEM MINDS.