What is STEM?
STEM, or the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, has started to take on a more important role in today’s world due to the rapid increase in technology in modern day society. STEM is also changing mindsets around the world in various industries, breaking boundaries, removing stereotypes and finding innovative solutions to problems that were not possible before.
For some time now, the STEM fields have been dominated by males. Most of the top scientists and mathematicians that we read about in our textbooks are male. However, there have always been women present in the industry. Since ancient times, women have had their place in Science. Studies have shown that women had a right to learn Philosophy and Medicine even in early civilizations. Later, convents provided safe places that women could learn and produce scholarly research. These women, as a minority in these fields, had to fight their way to stay in the industry and prove that females deserved a place as well. They paved the way for many more empowered women that exist in the world today.
Australia Celebrates Women in STEM
A study in 2017 by Australia’s Chief Scientist showed that women took up only 16% of the workforce in STEM related fields. The numbers may be low, but the women that make up this figure are doing incredibly well. In August this year, Australia held the National Science Week and had a plethora of events, activities, workshops and talks held all over the country in order to celebrate Australia’s awe-inspiring women in STEM.
These women visited schools, had panel discussions, breakfasts and lunches with Australians of all ages in hopes of encouraging them to become more interested in STEM subjects and also just to show the country how well they’ve been doing. The events focused on honouring the achievements, challenges and dreams of women in STEM. Hopefully events like this will continue and more and more females will be inspired to take their place in STEM industries.
At STEMmates, we hope to see the prevailing statistics change so that more females find their paths in STEM. Our courses are designed for both boys and girls aged 7-14 years. We hope that starting them in STEM early will help them learn essential skills and find the excitement in Science that might have been lacking before.
With the constant increase in technology and the demand of technologically trained people, we need to make sure our children, both male and female, are able to fill these roles. Get your children inspired to be the scientists, researchers and mathematicians of tomorrow, with us! Read how in our Facebook and website pages.