STEM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and their associated practices to create a student centered learning environment in which students investigate and engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence based explanations of real world phenomena with a focus on a student’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through shared contributions of schools, families, and community partners.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is critical to ongoing economic success in most developed countries like the United States, United kingdom, Russia, North Korea and most especially China among many others.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education contribute eminently to economic progress, health care, infrastructure and most especially engineering.
Technological innovation is taking over the world and is becoming the fastest means of earning a living because humans are slowly becoming dependents on new technological innovation like the solar power which is becoming precedence to every household and organization in Africa.
Today every aspect of human life is based on the discoveries and developments of scientists and engineers.
Unfortunately in Nigeria Pasts administrations focused on training a core group of youth in the fields of administration, law, agriculture and humanities. This situation alone has left many Nigerians jobless because they don’t posses the skills required in modern day activities, it has also contributed to slow infrastructural development and health care in the country.
However a major spread has been made when the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development looked beyond the present and saw the importance of Stem education and how it can change the narrative of Nigerian youngsters by establishing Stem centers across the country.
The importance of Stem Centers in our communities is beyond niggle, our youths are watching how their age mates in other countries are using technology through non fungible token and becoming millionaires without even seeking to work for anyone. This is the future that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development saw in our youngsters and took the bull to take Stem education as a priority.
The ministry has vowed to establish Stem centers in the 36 states and the FCT, already a major progress has been made as secondary school students in some states are already benefiting from this Meritorious initiative of the ministry.
On December 9 the ministry team started deploying Stem Equipments to 218 public schools across the 36 states and the FCT, already the students of Rivers State, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu and other states are already benefiting from this genius initiative by the ministry.
The Ministry said “STEM equipments are expected to facilitate learning, exposing the potency of technology and innovation to the students, encourage inquiry based learning and assist the students to develop skills needed for their respective careers. So it cannot be neglected”
But the question here is What then is the progress in the already established centers so far ?