According to The World Economic Forum, China was the world’s leader in 2016 with 4.7 million students graduating with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related degrees, while India followed closely with 2.6 million graduates. Australia, unfortunately, was not on this list.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics, or STEM, is a relatively new system of education. It focuses on students using hands-on learning techniques to study particular subjects. The acronym was first introduced in 2001 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States of America. The idea has since been integrated into many learning institutions around the globe.
So why the focus on STEM?
The refocus of education towards STEM are borne from an understanding that it :
- Levels the playing field and students from all walks of life the opportunity to excel as they learn through ‘doing’ rather than just reading from textbooks.
- Provides schools and educators with a chance to give students a wider insight into the curriculum – a more hands-on experience that provides a deeper impact of learning.
- Prepares students to become vital members of the workforce by allowing them to make connections in the classroom to specific STEM related careers through the application of the knowledge they learn to real-world experiences.
In July 2013, the Office of the Chief Scientist in Australia released a position paper entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach”, which highlighted the primary purpose of STEM was to achieve A Better Australia.
For Australia to join the rest of world in this new era of STEM, we must be open to these new and facilitating learning ideals. STEMmates hopes to be a part of this movement to put Australia up on the list of top achievers.
STEMmates aims to provide opportunities for our children to join the world in this new platform of learning. Through our focused, activity-based courses, we want to place Australian youths on the list of high achievers in STEM subjects.
Our courses give young learners hands-on experiences in:
- discovering scientific principles through conducting experiments and building solutions to modelled real-life problems;
- developing their engineering and environmental knowledge.
- topics and content that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.
For more information about our courses, visit the STEMmates’ website or follow us on Facebook.