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In an ever-changing world, we need to keep up with advancements and innovations to stay ahead. The same can be said for education.
To give our kids the best chance at success, we need to prepare them for the demands of the future.
With job opportunities in the scientific and technical fields expected to rise, it’s important to educate students in STEM subjects.
Evolving educations: What is STEM
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In recent years, there has been a national drive to help primary and secondary school students grasp the key principles of STEM and equip them with the knowledge they need to fulfil the demands of the future.
Besides encouraging students to engage with STEM subjects in an academic sense, the government’s latest education strategy aims to teach students the broader skills they will need for the economy of the future.
In this era of innovation, where problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are key, STEM education incorporates learning techniques that will enable our children to become leaders of the future.
To benefit from the changes of tomorrow, we need to be forward-thinking in the way we educate students of today. What we teach our children – and the way we teach our children – will determine the skills they acquire for life.
Evolutions in technology are influencing the global job markets. STEM-related jobs are growing at 1.5 times the rate of alternative career sectors. And this is set to rise.
In the next five years, employment opportunities in scientific and technical services will increase by up to 20%.
The message, therefore, is clear. To give our children – and Australia as a whole – the best chance at success, they need STEM-related skills and disciplines.
The future of education
The importance of STEM is acknowledged globally. America, for example, has a committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) to support and fulfil the growing demand of high-tech workers in certain career fields.
And they’re not alone.
Australia is fast increasing its focus on STEM learning. Having allocated $5 million towards projects in 2014, the government has announced a further $12 million for additional initiatives. This includes a computer coding programme across different year levels in Australian schools.
This renewed focused on STEM begs the question: if STEM is becoming important in schools, shouldn’t we do more to educate our children about them at home?
At STEMmates, we believe education doesn’t stop at school. We want to support a child’s education and encourage them to engage with fundamental STEM concepts outside the school setting.
STEMmates is an extra-curricular programme that supports the government’s renewed focus on STEM.
Aligned with key STEM principles, STEMmates provides children with a practical, fun and activity-based learning experience to help them prepare for the future.
To find out more about our programs – including our launch – contact us today or visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.