ALBERT Einstein once said: “You never fail until you stop trying.” Students may have ambitious goals in life but many fear to fail along the way.
Have millennial children been too careful while trying to gain a pain-free learning experience as they improve their quality of life? Or do risks and challenges scare and stop them from leaving their comfort zone?
It may be better to be safe than sorry, but if playing safe becomes the game plan all the time, students will miss the chance to fall and get up stronger and more confident.
There may be risks when students choose Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for their secondary and tertiary education, but don’t all disciplines have their perks and peeves that students will enjoy and endure?
Parents can help influence children to develop an interest in Stem. As we encourage children to love science from young, it is time for parents to explain to their children who may wonder about the universe, gravity or life.
Efforts may be made in dribs and drabs but, with time, children’s interest in science will grow to eventually become their preference and profession. Reading is another way to trigger curiosity in children’s minds. Parents need to inculcate this healthy habit at home.
The knowledge children gain from reading will help them understand more about fascinating facts of science that text books may not describe in detail.
In school, teachers need to apply revolutionary teaching methods that turn Science lessons into thinking sessions, when they get students involved in class discussions or group experiments. This will help students who feel that Science is a difficult subject to comprehend and master.
Besides, various science programmes may be organised at school, district and state levels to promote science in rural and urban areas.
Science clubs in schools may carry out activities during Science and Mathematics Month, including exhibitions, quizzes, science shows and gimmick presentations.
Schools may show documentary or science-fiction films to help students learn science while activating their visual and logical intelligence.
Inter-school and inter-district science competitions will benefit students as they work cooperatively, think outside the box and come up with new inventions.
These competitions will provide an opportunity for participants to turn theory into practice and imagination into reality.
Educational and field trips will help students increase their understanding, widen their perspectives and gain new perceptions about science as they witness the beauty, mystery and magic of science in national science centres and planetariums.
Sometimes, people need to choose the road less travelled to find a different excitement in life. Pursuing Stem fields is not a daunting and exhausting task, but mind-opening and challenging.
Learning, loving and understanding science will help children become creative and critical thinkers who live productive and meaningful lives. They will learn to be thankful, too.
When there is a conflict or an issue, they will stop, think and reflect instead of making drastic decisions or jumping to conclusions.
MUHAMAD SOLAHUDIN RAMLI, Marang, Terengganu