In GO! Maurits Sabbe and De Abeel primary schools in Mechelen gave students a taste of technology and STEM last week. In this way, schools wish to introduce children to science, technology and mathematics in the broadest form at an early stage, and this in a daily context.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines have become very popular with children and young people in recent years. The Maurits Sabbe and De Abeel primary schools in Mechelen organize STEM weeks to make their students enthusiastic about everything to do with science, technology and math at a very young age. Even kindergarten children are already receiving technical lessons.
“On the one hand, we notice that technology fascinates our students,” says principal Isabel Van Rompaey. “On the other hand, we also want children to ask, ‘How is this possible? “. We stimulate this feeling during the technology weeks that we organize regularly. During these STEM weeks, you see qualities bubbling up in them, such as finding clever and creative solutions together, which are less evident during normal teaching weeks.
During STEM week, students conducted experiments, built all kinds of things, and programmed mini robots. “Learning from experience is essential,” says Van Rompaey. “This way of working provides information that can be used to solve complex questions and real problems. It’s great that children discover a lot of things in a fun way and often quickly get a taste for technology.