Bringing STEM to Life
Mind Mash facilitates maths theories such as Pythagoras and algebra and makes them realistic for children. They in turn gain an understanding (for example, x and y and a variable called distance) and use it, without realising it’s actually algebra.
Suddenly maths has meaning! It’s very powerful to witness children exploring possibilities without even knowing what those are.
To build a strong robot, students discover engineering concepts like triangulation, cross bracing and shielding. The students approach their robots using scientific methods of building, testing, changing a variable and re-testing. Technology overarches the entire program where students learn coding and using technology to research the appropriate tool for the right task.
Often complex STEM concepts are mentioned in passing. Then when children encounter it in school, they are more confident as they’ve used it before. What can traditionally be mind-boggling abstracts now have a very real framework, giving children great confidence in their education.