Minecraft 編程 – 怎樣提升孩子

為什麼Minecraft那麼受孩子歡迎?相信跟玩過Minecraft的孩子交談,都能感受到Minecraft 創造的世界 (world) 給孩子帶來的空間與樂趣真的不一樣。孩子在特設的 world 建設自已獨一無異的世界如主題樂園、太空基地、中世紀戰場等,採掘、建構、開發等等的活動讓孩子在他建立的世界裹自由發揮,在完成課堂的任務後,感覺到十足的滿足感,更與協作的友伴建立了不一樣的默挈。孩子這時候更希望可在特設的world裹編寫程式,作更加多的改變,讓他建設的世界更具創意,更加有趣,Minecraft 編碼課程便是讓學童在更具彈性的world裹改變不同的特徵,這些特別的world 如 雞蛋戰爭、綿羊城市或飢餓遊戲都什受歡迎。 Why kids love Minecraft so much? Taking to kids with Minecraft …

Wild Animals Robotics – 機械動物園: 從動物學習Robot

小朋友對動物有特別的愛護,是玩伴、是交心朋友,也是可指揮的對象。利用Lego WeDo 及簡單編碼,小朋友模仿動物園裹的不同動物的模樣及行為進行創作,構思不同情境下動物的反應,編寫動物的行動,就像與牠一起面對,在投入的情緒中尋找歡樂,建立對機械人編程的興趣,繼續使用學習的知識發揮創意。 Children love animals. They are their playmate, friends that can talk and follow order. In this Summer …

Minecraft Theme Park 主題樂園- An amusement park built by kids

最新推出2019假期日營Minecraft主題樂園融合各種不同的STEM知識於Minecraft課程,透過在Minecraft 世界建立主題樂園,孩子利用土木工程、機械工程、電機工程及Engineering Design Process (EDP) 等基礎知識,設計模疑過山車等樂園內的設施。 學童首先設計樂園藍本,繪劃草圖,在Minecraft世界中建設,過程仿似真正建立樂園。在過程中,學員利用土木工程概念規劃行人通道,樂園整體結構讓訪客能遊覽樂園時不致迷路;也要運用機械工程概念使過山車能順利完成滑行及相關的motors 能支持整個操作;同時使用電機工程知識設計及建設控制系統,好讓樂園能有足夠能量支撑過山車及其他設施的運作。 假期營給孩子耳目一新的感覺,在建設自已Minecraft 世界中享受刺激及滿足感。 One of the highlights of in our Minecraft Summer Camp …

Robotic RobotGame

Robotic RobotGame 機殻挑戰者 – 設計你獨有的機械人與你一起玩樂 趁暑假輕鬆一吓,讓孩子設計自已的機械人,與它一起玩各種不同遊戲如捉迷藏、足球比賽及其他創新玩意,讓孩子愛上遊戲設計,了解不同遊戲的動作,及為機械人編程達致遊戲要求,與同伴協作一起與機械人玩樂,盡情享受暑假的樂趣。 學習機械人的樂趣源於設計、建立、測試及改良,這也是吸引孩子的動力之源。 In this coming summer holiday, it will be a good idea to have …

Exciting news

8 December 2018

Fantastic and Fabulous news in  STEMex for the past 4 months!

Since our last blog post in August we have been quiet for a long while. A lot has happened in STEMex team.

We have launched our new website with more detailed information and updates on the courses details and activities. Major changes that we would love to draw your focus on including: Our brand new Forum platform that allows parents and the STEM community to share their reviews.; Chinese is now available for our visitors; and we are beginning to produce more videos in our Youtube channel to provide an insight in what we do in class. We have received tremendous responses from audiences of website, Google Display and YouTube channels.  Thanks you all for your support!

Our Saturday Trial Class has received an encouraging response. A taste of our Robotics, Coding & Smart City courses allow us to explain more in-depth what’s inquiry-based learning approach to STEM and how kids benefits from this learning approach in cultivate innovation and creativity. We are happy to see the exciting growth of learners in our Saturday regular workshop and plan to further expand to weekdays after school workshop. Click here for details.

For all our school programs participants, we will be sharing class activities updates in our Forum. After creating an account, parents will be able to get regular updates and details on the STEM classes. We hope this brand new platform will allow everyone who will be joining our school programs to share their feedbacks and opinions.

We have also launched several new courses including: Roller Coasters, littleBits®, Wind-up Toys and new Minecraft® courses.

As of last year, we are continuing to support the community in promoting STEM. In December, we will be joining the DesignInspire Workshop organised by HK Trade Development Council and arrange Facebook Live during the workshop. In the workshop, We will be using littleBits® to promote Smart City concepts to students age between 7-11. Because of the superb response from the audience, we will be offering extra trial class on Dec 15th at our centre.

We will continue to work more harder to bring more new international STEM learning to HK market.

Primary School Support to Kids in STEM Learning

16 June 2018

STEM course, STEM, Coding, Robotics, STEM Education

STEM Learning in school is not new but what makes the students feel differently. Fun and engaging STEM activities give primary school students an impressive experience what STEM is about and the fun of learning start from solving problems. When activities are designed around the world they are living, students will want to explore how things work. Curiosity is always the best thing to drive learning motivation. That’s the basic of “STEM for All” in primary school.
Turn Curiosity into Learning Motivation in School Curriculum
We have STEM session in primary school general studies subject. It’s a good opportunity to explore STEM together with kids during school lesson time. At different grades, there will have different topics and activities. STEM is a wide and interdisciplinary subjects. It could be around green energy, smart city, coding, robotics, force & motion. It’s not necessary to discuss all difficult theory behind but need to illustrates how it relates to our daily and future life in simple keywords and terms.
Build STEM culture in the whole school
STEM learning is just like language learning, we need to embrace it in our daily life. To create a STEM learning environment, a themed STEM week will be a great opportunity to arouse the whole school awareness for both students and teachers. Put aside the regular school time table in a morning or afternoon and attend a STEM session at your choice. The STEM products that kids design in the session will be the next few days topics in school and family.
More in-depth STEM Extra Curricular Activities (ECA).
If school wants to drive more in-depth participation for kids in STEM, ECA is one of the choice. Activities can be designed based upon the Robotics theme, Technology & Coding theme or Smart City & Energy theme. All based on Engineering Design Process (EDP) which allows kids to innovate from different real-life problems.
STEM Staff Development
Continuous Staff Development on STEM is cruical in school development. From awareness to students innovation boost up, all have different approaches and feedback collection process. We are happy to guide school to go through the process and share your ideas how we can do better for school STEM development in Hong Kong.
Funding Support for Continuous Development
STEM development needs resources support. Extra manpower, operation funding, venue and simple equipments. Continuous funding support is a must. Government Quality Education Fund (QEF) or any similar kind of funding support is definitely benefit to STEM development. We are happy to jointly work with you on proposal and implementation here.

 

STEM Summer Camp & the role of Reading STEM Books

26 May 2018

Reading is enormously influential in children’s development so much so that culturally we promote the attitude that all reading is good reading. As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM fields—have become increasingly prominent in many Primary and Secondary School classrooms as well as in out-of-school time settings, educators seek to connect children with high-quality reading materials (available in various formats, such as print books, e-books, reading apps, and other digital reading media) designed to bring STEM topics to young readers.
Reading texts with STEM themes is one of the best ways for students to build literacy skills (including how to read, write, and reason with the language and text) while learning STEM content and cultivating dispositions of science & technology.  High quality STEM reading content can support students’
1. involvement in inquiry experiences,
2. grasp of necessary STEM concepts, and
3. understanding of the nature of science and technology.
So what’s the factors contributing to the success of STEM Reading?
1. Parental Influence: Parents have a large influence on their children’s interests. Parental level of education, parental support, and shared out-of-school time experiences influence student attitudes toward science & technology. We believe that after each STEM session no matter it is STEM Summer Camp or STEM Regular Workshop after school, listen to your kids what they have learnt and discuss how they come out their design.
2. Reading Techniques: Students with limited academic language proficiency will not come to understand words like “structure” or “function” by memorizing definitions. Rather, it is repeated exposure to these words, and opportunities to practice using them in authentic contexts, that allows students to own these words and use them with facility to support their understanding of technical or theoretical ideas. In each of our STEM session, we repeatedly use Engineering Design Process to keep your kids expose to related STEM keywords and instructor will encourage them to share their ideas using STEM knowledge and keywords.
3. Paper & e-book: Technological enhancements that make the reading experience different from traditional paper books, such as interactive features like games and “hotspots,” may cause cognitive overload due to task switching and/or multitasking, and eventually lead to poor performance on tests of vocabulary and story comprehension.  On the positive side, well-designed e-readers with animated pictures and sound that are synced with the presented story’s text can facilitate the integration of nonverbal information and language, thus promoting their storage in memory. We aim to motivate your kids to learn STEM and no matter paper or e-book STEM reading material are both positive for your kids to keep their passion grows.

 

How to Set Your Kids Expectation on Summer Camp

20 May 2018

For sure your kids will be very excited about their coming summer holiday. No exam, no busy school schedule, no homework….but will it be also a good opportunity to build up a next level of relationship with your kids during summer? Have a fun and challenging Summer Camp will sure give a memorable experience to your kids, but you can get more from the experience. We offer a unique experience that both parents and kids will feel differently. Here are some of the reasons how we achieve.
1. We let kids experience real-life problems
All our courses are designed to solve different real-life problems at your kids level of  understanding. No matter they use robotics, coding skill or any STEM related knowledge, they need to brainstorm, design, build, test then improve and test again in our Engineering Design Process. All these activities cultivate  innovation.
2. We let kids involved and encourage to share their ideas
In each summer camp session, kids will be involved and our teachers will keep encourage them to share their ideas in front of a small team or at the whole class.
3. We encourage more diverse interaction
All interactions are very diversify. Inside the Engineering Design Process, your kids will expose to diversify actions from understanding the problems, brainstorming by asking and answering questions in related to the problems, design in their own knowledge how to solve the issue then test it. Instructors are trained to ask different questions that allow them to rethink how to improve. By repeating the cycles, your kids will gradually see how their solution works.
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4. We let them fail
We can’t guarantee their design can success. We let them fail and rethink. It’s a process that allow them to grow.
5. We take a step back when instruct
We let your kids to freely design. They will ask when they forget or lose something. They own their design and want to make it works. These will develop their passion to learn how things work.
6. You can see what your kids are learning
Our centre allow parents to stay outside the classroom and see what their kids are learning. And with their unique design, we also encourage kids to share their product with parents after go home.
We aims to motivate your kids learning and develop the passion to explore and innovate.