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.
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.


Tips for Selecting Summer Camp

10 May 2018

Summer is incredible, right? No test, no homework schedule, no tutorial and free times abounds.

Yet after a week or so, boredom sets in, and kids and the couch start to become inseparable. Glued to smartphones while binging on YouTube, or just mindlessly mashing buttons as they play video games for hours on end.
Great for balancing out the unstructured, school-free times, summer camps are fun, build character, and provide opportunities for kids to meet new friends. When kids stay intellectually engaged during their holiday, allow them to solve right level of challenging problems, build their own design solution and test it under our interactive questions designed in our curriculum, they will be motivated and energised in the summer camp learning journey.
Here are seven tips on how to make the summer camp selection process a little more manageable.
1. Set your expectations

Before you can pick the right summer camp, you need to first define “right;” and you do so by setting expectations.

Start by asking one simple question—what do you want your children to gain from their experience? You send them to school so they can get smarter, and off to soccer practice so they can become a better stronger. Sending them to summer camp shouldn’t be any different.

The goal is to get kids excited about summer by finding programs that speak to their current interests. By starting the process with you and your child on the same page and speaking the same language, you’re more likely to find a camp you both love.

2. Select the right genre

Once you’ve established what you’re hoping to gain from camp, it’s time to narrow down the types of programs that can meet those needs.

Whatever the types of programs you select, if you think of long-term development for your kids, then you need to observe their changes of behaviours, what they share with you after the activities, how they see different things, what type of questions they raise and what’s their feedback to the courses. By observing these changes, you will notice that whether it is what you and your kids expect and how you both can further develop from this angle onwards.

3. Find instructors your kids will adore

To start, they should be passionate about teaching kids. We’ve all seen the instructors who are attached to their smartphones; that’s not who you want supervising your children. Instead, instructors should be fun, upbeat, and both passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects they’re teaching.

Determining the quality of instructors before attending camp is difficult, but doable. Check if they provide student and parent reviews or references. Come to the class and observe how your kids doing so as to confirm as well

Last, look for low student-to-instructor ratios and be sure your that your camp runs background checks on all instructors. Safety first!


4. Don’t be afraid to research.

Luckily, there are many ways to learn more about camps that catch your kid’s interest. Ask around and see where other friends have sent their kids to camp. A personal recommendation is often a great indicator of what your student’s experience will be like. Plus, kids always have a great time when they get to attend camp with a few friends.

At STEMex, we design our summer camps with your kids creativity in mind. We aim at inspiring your kids in our Engineering Design Process that motivate your kids long term innovation learning journey in all aspects not just for technology field but other humanity areas. Find out more from our holiday camp page


Summer Camp, more then just fun!

4 May 2018

We are quickly approaching the summer months. After busy school life and stressful examination, you and your kids properly want to have a FUN summer time. Yes, but it could be more!
While it’s always amazing to see our learners are having great time in our summer camp, it’s the benefits and positive outcomes really stand out.
What qualifies us to write why STEM summer camp is good for kids?
Since Engineering For Kids launched in US, we have trained up 350,000 students around the world. While a lot of young minds absorb the benefits of STEM experiences, that’s even more parents witnessing growth and development in their children. Thus, there is plenty of feedback to draw from and report on.
Here we share a few favourites feedback collected so far:
1. Allows a deep dive into new found skill
Even some of the schools offer STEM related activities, summer camp allows deeper dive.
Think about giving your child a week or more to be immersed in building Smart City, or specific skill-building likes Robotics or Technology & Coding. These opportunities exist at summer camp, and it’s tough to find such focused activity elsewhere.
Plus, kids and teens are able to really get out of their comfort zone to take some risks with their skills, without fear of failure and resulting negative consequence. In fact, in our Engineering Design Process, we encourage learners to brainstorm, design, test and then improve and redesign. That’s what our learners like most in their class.
2. Allows kids to express themselves creatively
All the problems designed in the course are new to most of the learners. They need to understand and suggest a solution to solve the problem independently when they work in individual task or work collaborative with others when the problem request them to work in group. In both situation, learners need to explain why they design their solution in this way and test. Instructors will stimulate their thinking with questions on their design based upon our course design methodology. Learners will then need to redesign and retest until they search for their best result.
3. Allows confidence to be reinforced
Whether it is Smart City design or Robotics & Coding, every STEM activity comes with its own set of mini milestones and tests. Some of these activities might be brand new to your child, while others could be extensions of what they already know.

Maybe they’ve never played robot before, or perhaps they’ve played robot but have never attempted a basketball shooting using robots. By putting the robots in a real-life situation problems, they need to design, test and redesign to achieve the given goal and thus an increase in confidence will result when they master. From there, your student leaves camp with internal support strong enough to compel them to try out for other robotics & coding related activities…and then who knows what they will become.

4. Allow your kids stay intellectually engaged

Some parents complain summer learning loss or summer brain drain for their kids during the long vacation. STEM camp stimulates learners mental thinking on solving real-life problems no matter your choice of the camp. The mental stimulation may also help your kids find a new interest that further enable them for next level of personal development.

5. Build resilience for your kids

This is a culmination of many of the above benefits. New interests confidence, independent thinking, creativity senses. All of these things contribute to the development of your child as they make strides from being a kid to a strong, considerate, competent adult.

6 It is is Fun and Entertaining

There are many factors that go into the decision to send your child to summer camp, and it shouldn’t hinge solely on whether or not they need to be entertained for a week or couple weeks.

Summer camp is many things. If you regularly send your kids to camp, now you have a few new benefits to look out for, and harvest in your children.

If you send your son or daughter to camp to have fun, that is great! But also try and prep them beforehand to ensure they maximize their ability to attain the benefits above.

And last, if you haven’t yet sent your child to camp, and you’re wondering what summer camp does for kids, I hope this helps in your future planning.

Next step? Just think about camp differently and we will continue to share the tips for selecting summer camp in our blog.


Preschool Learning needs more emphasis on STEM

26 January 2018

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A first-of-its-kind study by Michigan State University researchers found that early childhood educators’ self-reported ability and enjoyment was high for literacy, but much lower for science and math. Such finding echoes the recent survey conducted by the Federation of Education Workers in Hong Kong that only 36% of teachers are confident teaching STEM.
While we acknowledge that providing quality early-childhood STEM education is one way to boost up their innovation capability, parents and community need to do more to help our next generation. Early childhood period is a time when kids begin developing knowledge and skills for science, children age 4-6 have the capacity to engage in and learn from scientific thinking.
If preschool teachers struggle with science due to lack of quality training, preparation or an aversion to STEM, parents and community can act the role of connecting quality STEM learning through after school or parents-child activities. It needs to be fun and challenging, aiming at motivating kids to explore and experiment using different science materials. Different age groups will have different learning objectives. Students collaborating
Junior kids age between 4 to 6 need to emphasis individual discovery and inquiry. Exploration of STEM through authentic hands-on experiences and real-world application will help inspire them for further investigation.
When interests built, kids age between 7 to 10 will expect to solve fun and engaging challenges. Our role will be to help them reflect, connect and apply to real-world. It will be more effective if it constructs authentic, open-ended designs in collaborative small groups.
Teenage learners will expect to create collaborative solutions to complex problems using technology, science and math. Our role will help them discuss current events and explore future questions related to the various fields of STEM.
To close the gap of STEM learning, it demands parents and community to explore more. In STEMex, we strive to minimise the gap through our community STEM programs. In March 2018, we will start launch our first parents-child activities for parents to join STEM with their kids age 4-6 on every Sunday morning. Stay tune for our announcement!

STEM education develops children’s skill sets to make them ‘future-proof’ in employment market – reported by SCMP

11 January 2018
In late 2017, SCMP has two articles published in related to STEM education in Hong Kong. It’s no doubt that STEM is the trend for our future and it needs to start introduce from elementary school. But reports show that majority of Hong Kong teachers are not confident teaching STEM subjects and the concept and curricular framework of STEM is different from traditional science subjects.
Parents often wonder if STEM education is just the traditional education in science and mathematics with a new name. The key factor is innovation. Showing children and young adults how to develop new ways to solve existing problems leads to a reason for this area of study. When children are asked to “ask questions, make observations and gather information about a situation that could be forecast in the future that can be solved through a new way of thinking”, we elevate the value of the learning to a new level. “Engineering Design Process” is designed to address this innovation process which in traditional science subjects couldn’t find and execute.
It is easy to think of STEM as a tech workshop. However, it is not. Although technology can play a role in understanding concepts such as coding and logic, the essence of STEM Learning is in teaching children a way of thinking as analysts. In other words, it is the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation that are at the core of a programme designed to teach children to be creative and innovative. The skills of solving existing problems with new ways of thinking can be addressed by creating challenges that are in the domain of science, technology, engineering and maths. The outcome of creating a curriculum that encourages skill development includes developing individuals who are less likely to be redundant in future workforces when automation changes employment opportunity. Students who have been taught the skills of remember, understand and apply may have little opportunity compared with students who are skilled in analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
However in the recent survey conducted by the Federation of Education Workers in Hong Kong, only 36% of teachers are confident teaching STEM. Although teachers are willing to devote more times for learning STEM, the global STEM challenges will demand us to response fast. Given the difference between STEM Learning and traditional Maths and Science teaching, joint development of schools and STEM learning providers will be the trend to speed up. While school focus on the overall children learning development, STEM learning providers drive more innovative learning process that stimulate children analysis, synthesis and evaluation skill in solving real-life problems using STEM knowledge.
As a STEM Learning Provider, we are happy to see these findings matching our observations and the principles of running our services.


Wish You All HAPPY & SMART YEAR 2018

20 December 2017

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STEM year 2017 is coming to end. It means lots of things for STEMex and Hong Kong. The community starts understanding STEM is not just Robotics & Coding. It comprises different components in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. The foundation Power & Energy, the application of STEM for building SMART City for our future. These are encouraging factors for building up the foundation of Innovation in Hong Kong. However, the role of parents, schools and community in STEM Innovation is a long-term forward looking stakeholders. They play the influence role to our next generation how to look at their future on STEM.
To develop our next generation’s vision on STEM, parents pay the key role.  Starting STEM education in their kids junior years helps planting the seed in. STEM activities with fun and challenges motivates kids. Inquiry-based interactive experiences let children to explore the world and their surrounding. This joyful journey connects to their future and on the way allows parents to see the potential and faculty their children process.
To empower parents, we plan to launch STEM Parents Workshop and STEM Learning Testimonial Program to facilitate parents building up the understanding on their kids STEM potentials in the early stage. After completing a series of program, a portfolio on the achievements, attitudes and generic skills of the kids throughout the program will be presented.  So we’ll enables parents. Probably we as part of the community understand the children attributes in STEM learning that we can contribute to.  It will be a meaningful reference for individual future development.
Schools also play a vital role in STEM learning. However, the heavy teachers’ workload and the focus on academic achievement are the main obstacles to boost the STEM education. Without the support from the community, the development will not be comprehensive.
School’s ECA is a general approach to introduce STEM but limited to those who join.
To partner with schools in developing STEM education for all, we plan to further enrich our school program contents. We have designed a STEM curriculum that echo the STEM areas for General Study in primary schools. We could work with teachers to empower their engagement with school students in STEM inquiry-based activities.  Through this school-based program, students experience what is STEM, learn how STEM is related to their daily life,  develop problem solving and creativity.  All these contributed to the school’s dedication to nurture our next innovative generation.
With the strong emphasis from government officials on STEM Innovation, there is a good trench among other organisations too. We joined the HKTDC DesignInspire program as they ask for STEM activities promoting Innovation rather than solely on business promotion. Also we partner with Changing Young Lives Foundation (成長希望基金), sponsoring STEM Robotics & Coding programs for their clients. It’s not just bringing the fun and challenges of learning robots and coding, but also connecting adults volunteers and children in the STEM learning journey.
Innovation is a culture. And it takes time and resources to build. Looking forward, with the solid programs that can be qualified and quantify for revision and improvement plus the collaboration among educators, community leaders, and business sectors is the critical successful factor for the success of STEM education in the territory.  We are delight to be able to share with you a few notes from our past effort here.
Wish Hong Kong has a SMART STEM year in 2018!
STEM, Education, HKTDC

“Happy Innovation” co-create a happy city with HKTDC

23 November 2017

HK DesignInspire exhibition

Under the theme URBAN-INNOVATION, we have prepared two free STEM workshop at the conference area on Dec 9th in HK Convention and Exhibition Centre. The two workshops namely “Sweet Skyscraper 創「意」高樓 ” and “Wind Turbine 乘「風」展能” are specially prepared for children age 6-14 to build a smart ecocity integrating STEM elements. ​​The first batch of students will use sweet and spaghetti to make their own high sweet skyscrapers under test.

These young architects then create their smart city through merging individual skyscrapers into a colossal city. The second batch of students make wind turbines supplying electricity to the society. These effort will be magnified by the second team of young architects and engineers.
This four Smart Ecocity sessions will be run from 1:45pm to 6:30pm on Dec 9th. Interested parents can register at HKTDC website ( or at our site ( Each session can allow 20 students to participate. It’s open to public and all interested parties are welcome to join. Let’s jointly create a Smart Ecocity for Hong Kong future.

“Innovation” what are the keys for us?

8 November 2017

The complexities of today’s world require all people to be equipped with a new set of core knowledge and skills to solve difficult problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information they receive from varied print and, increasingly, digital media. The learning and doing of STEM helps develop these skills and prepare students for a workforce where success results not just from what one knows, but what one is able to do with that knowledge. Thus, a strong STEM education is becoming increasingly recognized as a key driver of opportunity and innovation, and data show the need for STEM knowledge and skills will grow and continue into the future.
When “Innovation” becomes the keyword in our today’s world, we identify two components that need to bring out and that help make Innovation wide-spread in our community today.
Accessible learning activities that invite intentional play and risk. Activities that are designed to incorporate intentional play are applicable at all levels of the education. These activities offer low barriers to entry and encourage creative expression of ideas, while still engaging diverse students in complex and difficult content. In STEM-themed play, young people’s desire to design and create motivates curiosity in STEM and fosters a sense of belonging as students learn from and with others, and are encouraged to think in divergent ways. Through the process of exploration and discovery, they see that STEM is everywhere, that they have something to contribute to the field, and they learn to take a team-based approach to tackling real-world problems and challenges. These are the Engineering Design Process (EDP) we are applying in our Engineering For Kids courses.
Educational experiences that include interdisciplinary approaches to solving “grand challenges”.  STEM education engages students of all ages in tackling grand challenges. Grand challenges are those that are not yet solved at the local community, national, or global levels. Grand challenges may include, for example, water conservation or improving water quality; better understanding the human brain to uncover new ways to prevent, treat, and cure brain disorders and injury; developing new technology-enabled systems for improving access to health care; addressing aging infrastructure; or making solar energy cost competitive and electric cars that are affordable. Tasking children and youth with a grand challenge helps them understand the relevance of  Innovation and Improvement STEM to their lives and to see the value of STEM in addressing issues that better their own lives and the lives of others. The “Water Turbine” class above is helping children understand how to use water to convert water potential energy to kinetic energy which is part of the grand challenges for using clean energy.
These two components are the core of our STEM courses. We welcome any comments and suggestions to further make our courses innovate and bring innovation to our next generation.