New addition of STEM in the media
There has been a lot of mention of STEM and its progress in the media since the term was first coined in 2001. STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. This revolutionary way to look at education has taken over curriculums around the world. Australia has been one of the countries trying to get schools more involved and focused on the excellent skills that STEM-educated children can achieve.
Australia needs to improve its efforts in STEM
Australia has been realising in recent years that students’ interest in STEM related subjects have been falling. The numbers of learners pursuing Math and Science in school, especially at higher levels, have fallen drastically. The numbers of females participating STEM related careers or degrees have already been considered low compared to the males in the same field, and that too has been dwindling.
STEM Industry-Schools Partnerships report
In April this year, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council released a STEM Industry-Schools Partnerships report. The report speaks about how the STEM industry in Australia is recognizing its need to contribute to boost STEM programs in schools in order for it to keep flourishing in the future. Vital leaders in Australia’s STEM industry are hoping that these partnerships, sponsorships and training will benefit students and eventually, the entire country. The almost 100-page report came about after almost a year of consultations, meetings and 53 written submissions from educational giants and associations from all over the continent.
Highlights of the report
The report focuses on 10 key actions for implementation both in short and long term time frames. They also highlight the best practices in order to make the partnerships work. Other things they focus on include ways to ensure that initiatives being implemented are achieving the outcomes they are set out to.
The report pinpoints the importance of getting children engaged at a young age. It identifies year 4 as the age where children are already thinking of their future occupations.
STEMmates can help
STEMmates recognises the importance of exposing children to skills essential to their future careers at a young age. That’s why our courses are designed for children as young as 7 years old.
The whole country is thinking of ways to get our young interested in STEM. Isn’t it time we got ours hooked on it too? Find out about our courses through our Facebook and website pages today.