2019 saw STEM continuing to be an important part of life both here in Australia and around the world. We recognised STEM careers in the STEM in Schools event with CSIRO in Western Australia, we celebrated STEM Day Out, in Adelaide and the national government decided to continue with ELSA for a second year. We also commemorated inspiring South Australian STEM award winners from 2011-2019 in the STEM Awards. The Coalition Government also launched the Advancing Women in STEM strategy this year to encourage the participation of women in the STEM industry. STEM in 2019 definitely saw some exciting events happening around the country.
STEM for the future
Looking forward to 2020, STEM, the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is definitely on the up! We need to make sure that our youth are prepared for the things that are to come in this rapidly evolving economy. Considering many of today’s parents started our lives without the internet, we can only imagine what the next 30 years will bring.
How then are we able to make sure that the next generation of Australians is future-ready?
Science and technology classes are therefore essential in helping equip our youth with the necessary skills for their future. It also exposes learners to what is commonly referred to as “soft skills” – such as communication, critical-thinking, problem-solving and independent learning through project-based , hands-on activities.
Rather than teaching young learners through rote learning, STEM allows students the ability to learn on their own, under the watchful eyes of teachers. This allows them to absorb their newly learned information and retain that information for a longer period of time. Students are also given the responsibility, autonomy and pride in the work that they do. Working together in groups to solve problems, teaches them teamwork, leadership and social skills.
Our specially designed courses and workshops at STEMmates are aimed at preparing our Australian youth for the futures that we cannot yet imagine.
Our courses are aimed for learners as young as 7 years old and we hope that they will be inspired to continue learning long after their time with us at STEMmates is finished. We hope to add value to the education system of the country and make sure that our future workforce will be ready for anything.
To all the young learners (and their parents) who have worked with us this year: thank you for your support in 2019 and we look forward to further cultivating curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM in 2020. Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year!
A bright STEM future
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. Since the term was first coined in 2001, this method of education has become more and more relevant in today’s fast-growing world. STEM is present in almost everything around us as we expand and explore new innovations and technological advances. STEM-based careers are getting more promising and graduates applying for jobs in STEM industries are being rewarded with higher salaries. With these in mind, we should think about how to best prepare our children for this tech-based future they will face.
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is a term we hear quite often nowadays, but what does it mean, exactly? Thinking is a process where we reason or consider something. To then think critically, is to question the idea being presented to us, not just accepting it. It also refers to the ability to link ideas together and engage in reflective thinking that is without bias.
Activity-based learning is key for the acquisition of knowledge and STEM skills
As well as increasing focus on STEM subjects, the Australian government’s latest education strategy aims to equip students with cross-disciplinary skills that will help them thrive in modern job occupations.
Being able to think critically, problem solve and innovate are cornerstones of the modern job market. Australia’s STEM education strategy will therefore see the introduction of various learning techniques to help our children develop these skills.
Considering this renewed focus on STEM, STEMmates aims to provide kids with a forum for STEM learning outside the school environment.