The world is becoming a more competitive place to grow up in. People are getting smarter and information is becoming more readily available. The education industry also needs to keep up with the changing times in order to stay relevant and give children the head start they will need in their lives. Technology has been reinventing old systems in many industries, and education is no different.
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. Unfortunately, in recent years, Australian schools have seen a decrease in the number of students interested in these subjects and many efforts are being taken in order to change these figures. STEM is gaining popularity around the world as technology is improving. These subjects need to be taught from a young age in order for children to gain the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the future.
There has been much talk about how to make STEM subjects more appealing to schools, but the Australian education system has seen a lack of qualified teachers who are able to conduct these lessons. The government has been looking into new ways to get teachers up to speed using programs such as, Teach for Australia (TFA), which places people with no teaching experience into classrooms, especially those of disadvantaged schools. Programs such as these however, do not give children the learning opportunities needed to succeed and has already cost AUD$77 million with nominal results. Only 124 teachers from the initial 5 years of the program still teach today. Another similar program is the “High Achieving Teachers Program” (HATP) that specifies that teachers need no tertiary qualifications or minimum training before teaching. These figures are worrying and make one wonder, what kind of education are our children really receiving?
Solving the problem
STEMmates hopes to be part of the solution to the future of our country’s education issues. Our courses are designed to make sure that they receive exposure to an immersive learning experience, taught by qualified teachers. Students use activity based and hands-on learning methods to learn about STEM concepts and then to apply these to real life situations. They also learn soft skills like communication, problem solving and critical analysis through their work.
We realise that education is a necessary investment. Our courses currently cover topics to get children interested in Science and technology, hoping that they will become the researchers, scientists and teachers of tomorrow. Invest in your child’s education today by reading our website and Facebook pages. Together we can make Australia’s education system a world-class one.