Technology is continuing to evolve and has found its way into almost every current industry. This idea of digital transformation simply refers to the integration of
digital technology into all areas of a business. This change in the way we allow businesses to function, also implies a need to change the way businesses operate – and how value is delivered to their clients.
What is Digital Transformation?
Being a relatively new idea, businesses are experimenting and finding a niche set of technologies to transform themselves into something viable in this digital era. This also means that processes and methods used in the past may have to be tweaked or done away with completely.
Businesses essentially need to reinvent themselves, and along the way, face up to the the reality that failure could be a real possibility. However, in order to succeed with this shift, businesses and companies need to have a solid foundation in their leadership, culture and strategy.
The Digital Transformation strategy
Experts have highlighted five Digital Transformation elements. These are, “customer experience, operational agility, culture and leadership, workforce enablement and digital technology integration.”
It may be interesting to note that four out of those five elements, focus more on the human aspect of a business rather than a digital one. It goes to show then that people are still the at the center of importance for a business to succeed, even in this world of digitalization.
People are still involved in implementing the new technologies and making sure that these new methods work well. Soft skills are now in greater demand, along with the room and latitude to allow leaders and managers to analyze what their needs – and make the necessary changes essential to their companies’ success.
STEM and Digital Transformation
So, where does STEM stand in all of this? Even though STEM refers to Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics, the STEM methodologies teach many critical soft skills.
Students are left with problems to solve using their own intuition and analytical minds, rather than just being handed textbooks and asked to memorize answers for tests. They are made to discuss their views in groups, learning communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
STEM methodologies involve students learning through doing. They use activity-based projects and hands-on experimentation to learn about complex theories.
How STEMmates can help
STEMmates starts your children on the STEM methodologies at very young ages. We instill a sense of curiosity and excitement in your children about STEM subjects, at the same time, preparing them for this age of digitalization, through the many soft skills taught simultaneously during each hands-on, activity-based learning workshop.
In 2015, the government launched
NISA, the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This initiative was to focus on culture and capital, collaboration, talent and skills and the government as an example, for a period of 4 years. This year, however, marks the final year of this AUD$1.1 billion-dollar project. The recent 2019 budget announcements have not clearly stated what the government’s plan for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will be over the next couple of years. They have focused on public outreach and engagement, VET or vocational education and training – lifelong learning through STEM education and continued support of the National Science and Technology Council. They are yet to provided figures to show their intentions in the field of research and development or how they plan to fund any new STEM initiatives.
Is this support fading?
Research and study
figures have shown that due to various reasons, the government’s support of research and development seems to have been fading since 2006. In order to make sure that Australia doesn’t fall behind, the minimum investment in these fields has been estimated at 3% of our gross domestic product, or GDP, by the year 2030. Something has to be done soon in order to make sure that promises of boosting Australia’s economy of knowledge do not fall through the cracks. Australia is still without a Minister for Science, and this could be the reason that efforts in Australia’s research and development fields are lacking.
Science’s future in Australia
200 scientists and technologists will meet with the senators and ministers in parliament in Canberra
in November this year as part of a program called, Science Meets Parliament. This meeting will serve to find solutions to the scientific challenges that are currently being faced in Australia, particularly how STEM can be involved in policy-making. The first session in 2015 discussed the topic, “Can STEM Save South Australia?”, which proved to be a great success which led to many future events being planned. Hopefully, this year’s meeting will continue to produce similar beneficial results.
STEMmates and Science
At STEMmates, we believe that the world is moving rapidly towards a world revolving around STEM concepts, teachings, skills and subjects. therefore, we want to make sure that the youth of today are ready for this STEM-focused economy of tomorrow. Our courses are designed to teach students important and relevant skills, both soft and technical. Hands-on activities and problem-based learning teach students fundamental concepts of STEM. Through experiments, enquiry and teacher-facilitated discussions, students learn how to analyse and think critically, communicate well and interact with their peers. For more information on our workshops and programs to help children prepare for tomorrow visit our
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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM – is an acronym that cannot be ignored anymore. As the world advances and technological improvements continue, the need for new skills is increasing. Australia’s mining sector is also slowly taking a back seat while STEM industries emerge to take on the challenges posed by an ever-evolving and dynamic global economy.
Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC), if we changed just 1% of the current workforce’s roles into STEM-related positions, it could add AUD$57.3 billion back to Australia’s gross domestic product or GDP. They also mention that if Australia fails to take this leap, we could drop out of the world’s top 20 best economies by the year 2050.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Innovators
In order for Australia to be competitive in this relatively new STEM game, our workforce needs to be skilled enough to play. In 2015, the government launched the National Education STEM Strategy as part of a National Innovation and Science Agenda. AUD$65 million has been put aside for both the development of teachers and for specialized STEM programs in classrooms. The public library system also now offers programs and services to encourage more interest in STEM subjects. It is also our responsibility as adults to educate our young about the demand and necessity to be in tune with these subjects. We also need to continue upgrading ourselves in order to be able to pass the knowledge on to our country’s future innovators, researchers and leaders.
Teach STEM as a career
Many educational institutions and universities around the country now offer various courses, scholarships and internships for people aspiring to improve their STEM abilities and gain the credentials to teach. For example,
Monash offers a graduate certification in STEM education. The government has also introduced the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship Program for up to AUD$18,000 per individual to study at a vocational education institution or university.
There is also the Goldsmith Family Women in STEM scholarship which is aimed at Australian residents with an ATAR in the 90
th percentile. It offers individuals AUD$7,500 a year for each of their years of study and aims to entice more females to take on careers in STEM industries.
At STEMmates, our highly qualified teachers have gone through rigorous educational programs and constantly interact with parents of our students in hopes of building our STEMmates community. We look forward to more expressions of interest to grow this community of parents, friends and educators, who share in the vision of cultivating curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM. Find out how to get your children involved in our STEM-related courses through our
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blog post spoke about how crucial parental involvement can be in a child’s education, especially in their formative years. Educators also play a huge role in determining how a child will develop in school – setting the tone and pace for further development in their later years as students and learners. Here, we look at some ways parents and educators can work together to create a bond and thereby helping to make a safe space for the children in schools.
The industrial revolution made it necessary for all children to learn to read. We started out with the alphabet and nursery rhymes – and progressed onto harder literature. Similarly, the current technological revolution is making it critical for all children to understand STEM, from a young age. STEM refers to the learning of science, technology, engineering and math and as we continue to grow and become more modern, these topics are becoming more and more fundamental.
Nine years ago, Elizabeth Broderick, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the time, rang up 21 of Australia’s most powerful and influential men who held senior roles in organizations of various sizes, to ask them to use their power and influence to make a stand and create change for women in Australia. She did this after realizing through all of her travels in working for human rights, that gender discrimination is not something that can treated as just a women’s issue.
The world is becoming a more competitive place to grow up in. People are getting smarter and information is becoming more readily available. The education industry also needs to keep up with the changing times in order to stay relevant and give children the head start they will need in their lives. Technology has been reinventing old systems in many industries, and education is no different.
In the modern era, we use technology for
Technology has changed the way we socialise, the way we shop, the way we live and the way we work. And now, technology is changing the way we learn.
With an increasing demand for
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) graduates in the global job market, we need to look for new ways to help students get to grips with modern technologies. At STEMmates, we believe the best way to teach kids about technology is to use technology to teach kids.
This is why interactive learning techniques play a key role in our
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Textbooks have always played an important role in the traditional learning set-up.
From helping teachers structure lessons, to providing kids with key topic information, textbooks have provided schools with a stable and organised teaching resource for years.
However, is this traditional learning technique outdated in the modern learning environment?
With the increased integration of technology into our day and working lives, we need to find a learning technique that prepares our kids for modern society.
activity-based provide the answer we need? And how can activity-based learning benefit our kids in ways textbooks can’t?
Quality early learning can give kids a head-start in both life and learning
The first five years of a child’s life are fundamental to their social and cognitive development.
At this age, children are learning from every new experience, person and situation they encounter. It is during this time that kids will acquire some of the vital skills they need for lifelong learning.
At STEMmates, we strongly believe in the importance of early learning for the overall social, emotional and educational development of our children.
If we want to see our kids succeed, we need to help them learn at a time when learning comes most naturally. We believe that a quality early learning course is the best support available for parents who want to give their kids a head-start in both life and learning. Continue Reading