ME.REKA is an innovative and alternative education space, with objectives that associate closely with the National STEM agenda established by passionate academicians from institutions of higher learning – led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), Prof Dato’ Dr. Noraini Idris. The agenda aims to inspire the young, empower them with knowledge, expertise and practice for a future in innovation.
What is STEAM ?
According to a report done by STAR Online, STEM is more than just an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics it’s a skill or a philosophy of sorts. STEM is an approach and a way of thinking for educators – and, to a certain extent, parents – to help students integrate knowledge across subjects by incorporating flipped learning and encouraging students to think in a more logical and holistic way in order to be equipped with 21st century skills.
The Investigative, Analytical and Inventive Skills Development in STEM
The subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is where students learn the skills to gather and study information (investigative skills of science), evaluate and make sense of information and data (analytical skills of mathematics) and determine how the information can solve a problem (inventive skills of engineering) using the technology available to them today. STEM allows for all these aspects to merge to create an overall pedagogy for future learning.
The Arts in Motion
STEM, which is an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is one of the priorities identified in the Malaysia Education Blueprint initiated in year 2011. However, in ME.REKA, there is an additional ‘A’ in STEM that stands for Arts. With classes, experiences and programmes that we offer, we’re taking the STEM agenda to another level, with STE(A)M.
How the Me.reka ‘STEAM’ model helps drive innovation
ME.REKA is a platform for innovators, problem solvers, dreamers, imaginative, makers at heart, and those interested in technology and making the future, hence a step towards the realization of one of the goals being set in the Vision 2020- to establish a scientific and innovative society. Coming to a close example, the Explorer Programme teaches you the skills of the future so that you can be leaders of tomorrow. One of the modules include ‘The 21st Century Design’ that helps to maximize ones creativity by enabling youngsters to see their imaginations come to life with the help of current technology, fitting with STE(A)M.