MakePi Reinstating STEM as a Four-Letter Acronym

MakePi reinstating STEM as a four-letter acronym

STEM Education in the US

Recent research published by the Pew Research Center purported that US students’ academic achievement in STEM subjects still lags behind that of their peers in many other countries. For example, the US sits in the middle of the pack as regards mathematics and science, ranking 29th and 22nd in these subjects respectively.

Furthermore, according to the US Department of Education, only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career. What’s more, a recent survey uncovered that a mere 29% of America’s citizens rated the country’s K-12 education in STEM as above average or the best in the world.

A Cause for Concern

Why are these statistics alarming? Because, as reported on by LiveScience, an estimated 8.65 million workers will be needed to fill STEM-related jobs by 2018. In addition, the projected percentage job increases in STEM-related occupations far exceed those of many other occupations.

Certainly, high-quality STEM education is needed to fuel progress and development in the US and help fill those jobs. However, STEM education seems to be a failure to deliver on this. One possible remedy is to take a more thorough, holistic approach to STEM education.

STEM is a Four-Letter Acronym, Not Two

Of course, STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is a most exciting set of subjects; subjects that are beautifully woven together by the same underlying principles.

When we think of the four subjects above, we may feel a little more familiar with science and mathematics. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because science and mathematics are discrete school subjects, whereas technology and engineering are often viewed as topics one can specialize in at university. Or perhaps it’s because, as educators and parents, we feel it is easier to resource and teach science and mathematics.

The resource of teaching engineering and technology is indeed far more challenging and time consuming. It requires more forethought and planning, as well as more complicated and expensive resources that are harder to use and obtain.

However, a more holistic approach is worth our while, as children see the many wondrous applications of science and mathematics in areas such as technology and engineering.

MakePi Endeavors to Make STEM Education Holistic Again

Companies such as MakePi are endeavoring to regain the balance in STEM education by providing high-quality and easy to use resources, such as the MakePad, that promote deep learning in the technology and engineering aspects of STEM. In doing so, they hope to improve the quality of STEM education in the US, and inspire students to take up one of the many exciting careers available in STEM.

Visit www.makepi.com today, and be sure to sign up to get on board!

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MakePi helps prepare kids for a creative future in technology

MakePi helps prepare kids for a creative future in technology by offering the MakePad!

Careers are often determined by the current state of society. For example, approximately 15 years ago there was a need for more people to work in the healthcare field, which continues to grow until this day. So what type of careers are going to be available for the youth of today? Who will be part of the workforce in just a few short years? Technology-based careers. For this reason, young people are highly encouraged to seek out careers that are based in the technology niche. As of today, computer science and computer programming are two of the future professions that are going to be offering the best career opportunities for today’s youth.

MakePi helps prepare kids for a creative future in technology by offering the MakePad!

Impact of Technology

Technology has had quite the impact on our society over the past couple of decades, with one of the leading benefits being the ability to be more productive. Numerous technological devices now allow us to keep organized with ease, making these devices highly popular amongst all ages. While there tends to be less in-person interaction due to the number of technical advances made over recent years, the overall ability to communicate with others on a worldwide basis is now available, which is quite impressive.

Today’s world sees that the majority of people are so far taking advantage of the many technological advances available today. In fact, because the bulk of society is now highly dependent on communication technology, using technology is a great way to exchange the ideas that allow for a better society. Technology has also greatly improved the learning process by focusing on education. There’s now a deep emphasis on integrating educational technologies into schools with a goal of helping students learn in a more productive fashion.

Because new generations are showing a true interest in solving real-world problems, the ability for them to create their own solutions has never been easier. Find out more about how MakePad can help.

Computer Science Careers

Technology is becoming more constructive, as well as more affordable, making it easier for anyone to have access to the technology-based information that can provide them with so many evolutionary advantages. The fact that there are a variety of new tools that are now being created that can support the touching, making, and hands-on learning that so many young people are showing an interest in these days, makes it easy to understand how technology is stimulating new opportunities in computer science careers.

The MakePad supports the project-based learning kids need today so they can have a bright future tomorrow.

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At MakePi, we fully support the ability for young people to express themselves by using technology. The fact that computer programming is now one of the fastest growing professions means that any child who’s interested in making the world a better place by using their imaginations to fix real-world problems is going to have quite the exciting future ahead of them. Because more of a focus is being placed on educational technology these days, the MakePad is the first tablet that kids can use today that’s based on a DIY concept.

Ready to learn how the MakePad can help your child prepare for a future in Computer Sciences? Contact us now for more information! info@makepi.com

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The Maker Culture is definitely here to stay!

The Maker Culture is definitely here to stay!

Did you know that roughly half of all learners absorb information using their eyes and ears, with another third using a mix of learning styles? This means that the rest are learning by touching, the foundation of the Maker Culture. Because those who learn best by touching currently make up the smallest percentage of learners, a true focus on the Makers ‘DIY attitude’ only began a little more than 10 years ago. Since then, Makers have been creating, building, designing, and inventing the solutions that can help make the world a better place for all.

At MakePi, we believe the children are our future and that’s why we fully support the Maker Culture.

The Maker Movement

The Maker Culture has been growing so quickly these past few years, it’s created what’s now being called the Maker Movement. This Movement has been grabbing the attention of the up and coming younger generations, specifically those who show a passion for hands-on learning. Because the current emphasis on hands-on engagement is one that kids are eagerly responding to, the Maker Movement is now growing in its popularity each and every day. This new, upcoming generation of leaders are more than eager to take on these new learning challenges, giving them the ability to find the best solutions to real-world issues.

The Maker Movement allows anyone with a passion for hands-on learning to learn the coding that can make for a bright future.

New Technology Creation

Today’s world is now one that fully supports the affordable, constructive technology that so many Makers are focusing on these days. “It’s bringing kids into the world of STEM,” says Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, a technology industry analysis firm based in Silicon Valley. “The way our world is developing is that more and more of the jobs are going to have a significant type of a tech theme in one form or another, a lot of specialized thinking that goes beyond what we would call the standard, general education system.”

Young people have never been more excited at the possibility of inventing and creating the new technologies and tools that have the ability to impact our society in such a positive way. We’re beginning to see that when young Makers set their minds on reaching a certain goal, they don’t stop until that goal is met.

The MakePad supports the ability for young people to follow their dreams!

MakePi

At MakePi, we believe in and support STEM’s teaching and learning processes, i.e. computer programming, game development, applications, more. Our mission is to change the way kids are educated by supporting the Maker Culture that’s so far been showing so much promise for today’s youth. It’s simple. At MakePi, we care about providing young people with the creativity, confidence, and critical thinking they need for future successes.

Ready to make your Maker Space?

Contact us now for more information!

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How the Raspberry Pi Changes the World of Education

How the Raspberry Pi Changes the World of Education

Raspberry Pi for Education

At MakePi, we chose Raspberry Pi as the platform to teach computer science to students. There are some very good reasons MakePi uses this system from its size and accessibility to real-world applications for students. MakePad is the first do-it-yourself tablet based on Raspberry Pi technology. Raspberry Pi provides many benefits for students, teachers, and parents.

What is Raspberry Pi?

In 1981, BBC Micro came out with the Raspberry Pi, a compact, card-size computer designed for teaching students about computer programming. The creator, Eben Upton originally wanted to create a device that would make teaching programming skills to pre-college level students. But he also wanted it to be affordable and accessible. Its popularity grew quickly, especially among casual techies as well as electronics enthusiasts. It was perfect for projects that needed more than just a microcontroller. Processing is slower than a traditional desktop, but it is a complete Linux computer. This makes it perfect for developing processing and coding skills.

How the Raspberry Pi Changes the World of Education

Raspberry Pi allows MakePi students the freedom of learning computer programming in a non-threatening environment. One of the primary benefits of the platform is the accessibility to students. In many areas, computer programming training is not accessible due to economic difficulties. This and its portability allows it to be used in remote locations where coding lessons were not easily accessible. It is small enough to fit in the hand, and this makes it easy to integrate with other devices. Computer programming becomes less challenging for students as they find real-world applications that hold their interest.

How the Raspberry Pi Resolves Problems in Tech Education

 MakePi uses pre-installed programs to teach children programming skills. Applications like Minecraft, Scratch, and Mathematica offer coding experience for elementary, middle school and high school students. They are only limited by their own imagination. Harry Potter fans can build their own sorting hat, while at the same time learning critical concepts like loops, functions and conditionals of the Python programing language. Minecraft lovers can build their own code to create customized structures within the game. This breaks down the barriers and mind-sets that inhibit learning of computer coding. Technology education is typically thought of as an expensive venture. However, Raspberry Pi is inexpensive which allows for exposure to even low-income students by breaking down that economic barrier. It is functional, practical and engages students in fun learning activities.

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How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

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Understand what coding means

Coding, also known as “computer programming”, is so deeply embedded in our daily routine that is has become virtually impossible to get through the day without acknowledging the results of coding. Cash withdraws, traffic lights synchronization, biometric identity checking, instant messaging… the list goes on.

Whether you are embracing or repelling these facts, encouraging children to learn coding has become imperative because they do thrive in environments where they understand expectations. Therefore, family engagement plays a major role promoting environments that combine age-appropriate technology with real-life situations. MakePi believes that by inspiring children to learn purpose-driven-coding, they will be more willing to make rather than buying or consuming solutions. In the future, children will no longer be simple computer users, but potentially programmers by understanding several languages that give orders to computers.

How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

MakePi provides today, both hardware and software learning experiences within the same product: the MakePad. First, MakePi has recently applied the DIY concept with the MakePad to promote the maker’s movement from early educational stages throughout K12’s years. Besides assembling all the components by themselves, students might even upgrade the MakePad with multiple peripherals and additional hardware because MakePi has kept all USB and GPIO ports of its RaspberryPi CPU free. Second, once running, the MakePad delivers coding experiences with our embarked applications, such as the Make-Mods and Make-Music, both of which challenges kids and teenagers to create their own mods on the Minecraft platform and original digital music by using the Blockly language. Python language is also supported for text-based coding.

Embrace your children’s future

Speaking a second language makes you work with both sides of your brain. That is probably one of the reasons why Steve Jobs once said that “everyone should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think”.

Coding is not necessarily a life-lasting-decision, neither a vocational-gifted-gene heritage. Instead, think of coding as one meaningful component of our children’s curriculum. Furthermore, from one holistic point of view, learning how to code copes with developing creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking to solve real-life problems. All of which are the foundation of STEM education.

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