The current “buzz” word STEM is about integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – an innovative, collaborative, hands-on learning and problem solving methodology. In Montessori, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content (which is, STEM) while engaged in learning activities with Montessori materials throughout the day.
Montessori teachers for many years have had a jumpstart on their conventional counterparts. Since student engagement is at the forefront of our Montessori classrooms, we are already actively engaging students in hands-on learning. Beginning in our Montessori preschool environment, students learn the fundamental rules of math and science through the discovery, manipulation of instructive materials and problem solving with peers. The work engages the senses and ensures the understanding of concepts, not just memorization of disjointed facts and figures; the Montessori curriculum reinforces that everything is interrelated.
Keeping abreast with modern times, even though our students do STEM activities daily in the classrooms, we understand it would be exciting for them to have various activities above the Montessori offerings, in a specific manner in our STEM room! To achieve this we have teachers specialized in this field, instructing small groups of students throughout the day (in rotation) with various innovative science activities!
A number of great minds in the STEM fields and entrepreneurs such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, as well as Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, attended Montessori schools. The Wikipedia page founder, Jimmy Wales says his childhood schooling of Montessori influenced his philosophy on education. The huge impact these innovators have had on current society, can be traced to skills and thinking philosophies developed in learning environments of Dr. Montessori; a woman of science herself, a medical doctor, engineer and educator!