Recently, we at Skillovate, organised a hands-on workshop, on influencing young children to learn using STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) learning.
The theme of the workshop was Mars a.k.a ‘the red planet‘, which sits next to our planet the earth on fourth place in our solar system. Recent efforts to colonize Mars were also presented in very fun way at the workshop.
So why did Skillovate choose to teach a concept like Mars, over a period of 2 days, using a-lot of model building activities, to kids between 4-14 years of age?
The reason being, that we wanted to teach a concept which is mostly overlooked, and instead should be taught to instill the mindset of real Imagination, Creativity, Logical thinking and Problem Solving.
Even though most Schools have just begun to improve their teaching curriculum in terms of the subjects taught, and how they are taught, the practice of real educational methods, which prepare students for the current world, no matter what their age.
Our goal, is to transform our kids into real thinkers and innovators.
Did you know?
Mars is called the red planet due to the high accumulation of reddish iron oxide present on its surface giving it a reddish appearance that is distinctive among other astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye.
Mars can easily be seen from Earth with the naked eye,
as can its reddish coloring.
Mars is a smaller planet with a completely different atmosphere than that of earth, having impact craters (aliens?) like the Moon and other objects of the Earth making this a great roadblock in the efforts to send humans to the planet.
Water presence of Mars is almost negligible (excluding the polar ice caps which tend to largely present with water only) due to much higher pressure as compared to Earth. This makes it arguably the most hospitable and by far the only reachable planet by humans in the Solar System besides Earth.
Whenever any revolutionary technical advancement are made in planetary astronomy, it yields more researches that delve into how one day Earth might cease to exist forever due the over-exploitation of its resources by us, the humans. All of the early human mission concepts to Mars as conceived by national governmental space programs like those being planned and penned by NASA.
However, these are exploration missions and would not be direct precursors to colonization. One of these missions was made by a popular robot called Curiosity Rover, designed to explore the Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. Curiosity‘s design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover by MSL.
Colonization requires the establishment of permanent bases that have potential for self-expansion. Like depicted in the critically-acclaimed 2015 movie, The Martian, a famous proposal for building such bases is the Mars Direct and the Semi-Direct plans has been advocated by Robert Zubrin.
At the Mars themed workshop, the young minds were
particularly fascinated with the glimpse of another planet in the solar system.
The ultimate purpose of the Mars workshop, was to introduce the kids to Outer Space, Space Travel, and the concept of humans living on Mars in the future. Through the workshop, everyone, especially the kids, understood the concept of Earth and its existing problems even more.
The parents themselves wondered if the kids would be able to catch up and understand these kind of concepts. The results surprised everyone.
The kids turned out to have even more curiosity than we imagined.
And not just any questions, they asked meaningful questions.
The workshop, initially a little quiet, turned into a very interactive discussion.
A major roleplayer in the race to colonize Mars has been the billionaire philanthropist and geek, Elon Musk, the sitting CEO and Founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Yes, the same person who’s companies have built both fast electric cars and land-able rockets, not a great match it seems like.
As of October 2017, owner Elon Musk is planning for unmanned Mars landing in 2022 and manned Mars landing in 2024.
There is also much discussion made regarding the possibility of terraforming Mars to allow a wide variety of life forms, including humans, to survive unaided on the Mars’s surface, including the technologies needed to do so.
Terraforming is like shapeshifting (converting mars into earth).
However, it is (currently) only a hypothetical procedure and has to no practical credibility at stake.
We think that within the next 20 years, humans would begin colonizing Mars through highly advanced and efficient algorithms which we intend to teach every child at Skillovate. We believe that the new generation has more capacity, even at a young age, to grasp and analyze global issues and innovations.
Since the brain is fresh to absorb and learn when its young, we managed to teach and inculcate an all-rounding form of thinking towards any concept,
so that the kids learn to focus on their own aspirations, instead of just employment.