2019 showed us exactly how important STEM – the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – is and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Since 2001, researchers, journalists, politicians and educators have been reminding us about how essential these fields will be for our country and for the world that we know. STEM has been growing by leaps and bounds and gaining a strong foothold in almost every industry around today. There is no more separating STEM from Art, STEM from languages or STEM from culture. STEM is everywhere and we need to empower our future generations in order to cope with the fact that it is not going anywhere.
Predictions for the future
CSIRO’s report in 2016 identified some of the trends for STEM industries. They reported that automation and artificial intelligence will continue to advance, jobs will become less rigid due to an increase in technology, entrepreneurial skills will be more prevalent and that education requirements in professionals would increase. The CEO of the Australian Computer Society, Andrew Johnson, predicted that the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things could sky-rocket from 15 billion in 2016 to 200 billion this year, thereby increasing the opportunities for every industry that is connected. However, for industries to take advantage of these opportunities, their workforce must be trained and ready. Johnson also predicted that we will be facing an international STEM skill shortage.
Therefore, we need to get our children ready. Education systems have been racing to keep up with the times, now even offering Cloud Computing, 3D printing and Artificial Reality as programs to school children. Technical knowledge is only one part of the package. Schools also need to equip children with soft skills.
The days of memorising and rote learning have been replaced with a holistic education, hands-on activities and learning through trial and error. There have also been higher importance placed on lifelong learning. Studying doesn’t stop once we walk out of our school doors. Learning has to be continued, and upgrading must become a norm.
As a result, children need to be inspired to grow and to strive to heights higher than we could have imagined in the generations before them. We know that we cannot prepare them sufficiently for what there is to come because we have no idea what to expect.
With all the uncertainty that revolves around our future, STEMmates aims to provide vital support and opportunity for STEM education. Our courses are designed to engage young kids to get passionate and excited about the fundamentals of STEM subjects outside the classroom.
Complex theories are taught by challenging – as well as facilitating and guiding – kids to think critically and creatively in order to find solutions to problems, rather than giving them a textbook and spoon-feeding them information.
Talk to STEMmates today about how we cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM through activity-based, hands-on interactive workshops.