2015 saw a historic agreement between 193 countries. This agreement resulted in the development of 17 sustainable development goals with the aim to make the world a better place. These UN global sustainability goals include an end to poverty, tackling climate change and education for all.
Each of the 17 goals presents challenges to be addressed. At Pensmith STEM International, we use these 17 goals as a framework for our learning and in particular, our STEM projects. During these projects students work on real-world problems and challenges, and therefore can contribute towards finding potential solutions. Students are learning and put into practice their knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths. For example, within the Life on Land goal students are learning about habitats to help protect endangered animals and about 2D and 3D shapes and friction to create defences against landslides.
To be successful in these projects our students must also develop and use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, their creativity, communication and collaboration skills. They must be adaptable, curious, and use their initiative and persistence to create viable solutions. These are all important 21st Century skills preparing the students for now and the future.