In a kitchen table in Lahug, Cebu City, Educators, and Advocates for Children got together to find ways to develop the next generation of innovators. The idea was that children are naturally intelligent but they need avenues to unleash their creative genius. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Art and Math) was the obvious solution –as our children are digital natives. STEAM would not only get them tech savvy but build important skills such as creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.
On a hot day in March 2015, the Compass Education Summer Programs was launched in two schools. Its aim was to provide the most fun and interactive summer science and technology camp for children. When summer was over, parents and students requested more— thus; STEAM Afterschool and Saturday programs were born. Then came the STEM revolution where educational institutions including the Department of Education were recognizing the inherent value of STEM education—so Compass provided STEM classes for various schools as part of their curriculum.
Fast forward two years and two robotics cups later, Compass Education has served more than three thousand students from 12 different schools with varied programs. Robotics is the most popular STEM program but other programs such as coding, programming, renewable energy, science investigations, and experiments are also gaining traction.
As Compass Education continues to grow and expand minds –they continually challenge our youth to explore and create solutions that honor our planet and every living being on it. Good STEM + Awesome Students = A Brilliant Future!