Gifted & STEM

Given two children, each is invariably more talented than the other in at least one thing. Moreover, talent is at most due to 50% inherited. But talent is not genius and the consensus among the experts now is that genius is learned and not present at birth (Dehaene, 2011). It takes long, hard work to become an expert at anything and that this effort does rewire the brain. The popular figure is 10,000 hours — 10,000 hours to become an expert mathematician or even a mathematical genius. (Gladwell, 2008)

“In view of findings that show spatial thinking is an important predictor of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) achievement and careers, it is important to explore the kinds of early inputs that are related to spatial thinking,” Spatial language may encourage children to adopt a habit of mind when looking at the world that increases their attention to spatial relations. (Pruden, et al., 2011)

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