This panel discussion, “STEAMing Ahead: Education Possibilities for your Child”, took place during the Innovation in Education Fair 2017. It questions what we mean by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education and what kind of educational possibilities it offers children in schools and beyond. It explores whether this educational approach provides children the tools to navigate a changing world and gives them the moral impetus to make things better.
With our year long Teacher Empowerment Program (TEP), the Book Bus is inspiring and empowering teachers in Nepal to adopt progressive teaching and critical thinking. For instance, our Everyday Sciences program, one of three TEPs we are offering in 2018, focuses on helping teachers brainstorm and question traditional pedagogical approaches and encourages them to incorporate art, creativity and critical thinking into science education. Many of the ideas that inform the TEPs were discussed in the panel discussions held at the IEF.
The Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) is a forum for educational professionals to discuss how to make our teaching and learning practices more engaging, meaningful, and memorable for students and teachers. It features organizations and individuals working to introduce innovative approaches to education in Nepal. The Fair creates immersive experiences for teachers, guardians, and administrators in these approaches through exhibits, workshops, presentations, screenings and performances. It hopes to provide a springboard for collaborative efforts that make learning a fun, memorable and experiential process.
Innovation within the context of this Fair is understood to be a new idea, process or approach that challenges educational practices based upon memorization and reproduction. Something is innovative to us if it builds the capability of people to read, write, think, speak and express independently.