STEM education: the implications for Australia
With an increasing global demand for workers in scientific and technical fields, the Australian government’s renewed focus on STEM education is unsurprising.
If we want to fulfil future demand, we need to educate students in career fields that will soon dominate the national and international markets.
The pivot towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is vital for both our children and Australia. But is this renewed focus in schools enough to position us as global leaders of tomorrow?
Our government’s renewed focus on STEM learning is a step in the right direction for Australian education. However, Australia still faces its fair share of challenges when it comes to equipping students with the high-tech skills in global demand.
First and foremost: how do we compete with international counterparts who are already well ahead in embracing STEM education?
Although national and international employers are increasingly looking for a workforce with high computer and numeracy skills, Australia is also witnessing a decline in the uptake of science and maths-based subjects at secondary school level.
Whilst a serious problem in fulfilling employer demands in future, this decline has already led to Australia’s failure to remain competitive in international maths and science tests.
There are numerous factors for past failures to engage with STEM subjects, including a general misunderstanding of their broader importance and a lack of passion for STEM. Recent reports have also highlighted inequalities between students of different origins, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.
STEMmates: a solution?
Initiatives introduced in our government’s budget for STEM learning will see Australian schools incorporate relevant disciplines into national curriculums over the next few years.
However, if we plan on becoming a leading nation in tomorrow’s society, we need to promote STEM learning opportunities both in and outside of the school setting. How can we do this? Through STEMmates.
STEMmates is an extra-curricular learning course that enables parents to further their child’s STEM education outside of school hours. Through regular interactive learning sessions, STEMmates encourages kids to apply and engage with fundamental STEM principles.
Our aim is simple: to give all students in Australia the opportunity and desire to succeed in STEM education and beyond.
How STEMmates works
STEMmates is an activity-based initiative designed to reinforce and support the government’s renewed focus on STEM education. In the upcoming months, we will be launching courses to help kids engage with STEM learning concepts outside of school hours.
Each STEMmates session is delivered in a classroom-style setting by a course educator qualified in relevant STEM fields. The length of each course varies depending on the amount of material and objectives to cover.
However, all STEMmates sessions incorporate similar activity-based learning techniques.
Our mission is to make learning fun whilst encouraging kids to engage with the fundamental STEM concepts that are gaining increasing importance in modern education.
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