The Australian government has been investing in many strategies to ensure that our future generation are able to demonstrate STEM skills essential for future careers. From the National STEM strategy, to the National STEM School Strategy and various NISA (National Innovation and Science Agenda) projects, we have had a few initiatives aimed at “Embracing the Digital Age”.
But there is more to STEM that meets the eye.
STEM in Australia versus the rest of the world
So, what is STEM? STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. The Australian government is pumping in a lot of time and money to make sure that the Australian youth are getting the education that they need to keep up with the rest of the world.
The National STEM strategy has a section about the way STEM is being developed in some Asian and European countries, showing us just how much more effort is needed to develop this in Australia.
The National STEM Strategy and its goals for the future
The Strategy focuses on four main elements, education, knowledge, innovation and influence, which are all underpinned by STEM related subjects. It hopes to address many societal issues and challenges by aligning them with clear goals, focusing on priorities and scaling to make sure that real differences are made.
The goal in mind is Australia 2025, with the focus on what needs to change to make Australia a “vibrant and high-quality STEM enterprise”. It hopes to see Australians using science in our everyday lives, realising that everything around us is related to STEM.
The Strategy also highlights the urgency for Australia to keep up with the rising levels of STEM worldwide, so as to not be left behind. It quotes dates and statistics of how science started in Australia due to need, and then has progressed to where it is today, contributing an important 3% of the new knowledge in the world with only 0.3% of the entire planet’s population. It is a rallying cry for Australians and the Australian government to step up and continue striving for excellence in STEM.
STEMmates keeping inline with the Strategy
STEMmates aims to ensure our Australian youth are ready for the digital age. We provide excellent courses in STEM related subjects, using hands-on and activity-based teaching methods to make sure children stay interested in science for the rest of their lives, eventually, providing the knowledgeable work force that Australia needs. Find out more about these and how to get your children involved on our Facebook and website pages.