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- CPSI announced on July 20 that it has successfully developed and published its first book titled “Introduction to Arithmetic and Thinking” under the “Steam Puzzle” series.
- STEAM is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics which are considered increasingly important not only for their educational benefits to foster student’s creative thinking skills but for the national sustainable economic growth driven by the skilled brain in the 21st century.
Seoul, July 21 (Whowired) -- The Creative Problem Solving Institute -- Korea’s leading education R&D center dedicated for “thinking out of box” education methodology (CPSI: http://cpsblog.kr) -- has published an innovative educational material in response to Korea’s upcoming adoption of “STEAM Education” programs which will begin in many elementary schools across the country next year.
CPSI announced on July 20 that it had successfully developed and published its first book titled “Introduction to Arithmetic and Thinking” under the “Steam Puzzle” series. STEAM is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics which are considered increasingly important not only for their educational benefits to foster student’s creative thinking skills but for the national sustainable economic growth to be driven by the skilled brain in the 21st century.
Puzzle in Education or PIE is one of the well-known advanced education methodologies. Thus CPSI, teaming up with Korean Committee of the International Puzzle Association, tried to integrate all of its proprietary expertise on PIE field to this innovative and interactive education material.
Indeed, this concept in the educational field is being in full swing in the advanced countries including the US, UK and Australia. In case of the US, the government-led comprehensive educational renovation programs aimed at fostering the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields have been under way as part of its plans to call the shots in many fronts both in terms of educational and economic prowess on a global stage.
Considering growing importance of STEAM related education, CPSI, which has engaged in the PIE R&D programs for more than 10 years in Korea, decided to invest as much resources as possible to develop this program and the book series will continue on varied subjects such as spatial apprehension, concept of logic, image and logic, and creativity and ideation, as well as arithmetic and thinking. The series will end its publication before the start of Steam Education in September 2013.
Breaking the common conception that puzzle is supposed to be puzzling and vexing, this book was made to be quite easy to follow for anyone with little prior exposure to puzzles. The level of difficulty gradually rises as the chapter progresses. For those students lacking focus, the book provides a wealth of tips and encouragements so that they can solve the problem to the end.
A new type of thinking exercise book, “Introduction to Arithmetic and Thinking” can be used as a self-paced workbook, as well as a textbook for school or after-school. The puzzles on this book can also be used as discussion topics, ideal for increasingly common interactive educational programs.
The book consists of daily tasks and challenge questions, with the whole book fully mastered within one month. There are also puzzles that allow students to think emotionally as well as rationally. The book length is 76 pages with suggested retail price of 9,000 won.
Sam Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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