STEM refers to the study of subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is bringing new and improved methods of teaching into classrooms and imparting knowledge on young learners that will continue to grow with them even until adulthood. We need to make sure that the ideals that STEM teaches stretches throughout entire curriculums in order for Australia to be able to compete globally with other countries. STEM also needs to be available for all Australians and not be the cause of more discrepancies in this country.
STEM putting equality at risk
At the moment, disadvantaged communities and students are not being able to take part in STEM related activities. Some schools cannot afford the technology or the training in order to keep their teachers up to date. Students from these schools are performing at lower standards and this inequality may put the whole of Australia at risk. The whole country needs to work together in order to keep Australia on the map.
How do we do this?
Australia needs to focus on technique and teaching skills and remember that knowledge is secondary. Once learners are able to apply the concepts of how to learn, they will then be able to pick up knowledge as they grow. There must be an integrated approach to learning, developing soft skills as well as knowledge at the same time.
STEM for the future
STEM introduces concepts of teaching that incorporate activity-based and hands-on learning. Students are given problems and are encouraged to come up with solutions on their own, rather than being made to memorise and simply regurgitate information that is being fed to them. Teamwork and collaboration are other skills that students must use in order to communicate their ideas, analyse and solve problems. They are also provided with real world problems so that they can see the theories and concepts they are learning come to life. Teaching STEM concepts and using these new methods will allow students to excel in other non-STEM related subjects, such as languages, as their level of understanding increases.
STEM in all communities
In order for students from all backgrounds to utilize STEM concepts, teachers should be creative and apply theories and knowledge into everyday examples. This way, students will then be able to extrapolate these skills into any scenario. Teachers are then also given more freedom to explore concepts outside of written curriculums.
STEMmates for all
At STEMmates, we aim to provide STEM related courses, concepts, knowledge and learning skills to all Australian students in order to make sure that Australia remains a society of knowledgeable people for generations to come.
Find out how you can get your children involved in our STEM related courses today by looking at our Facebook and website pages.