The importance of Math and Science
In 2015, as part of efforts to make sure Australians stayed up-to-date with international competition, a proposal was made to ensure that Math and Science were mandatory subjects for students in Year 11 and 12 .Countries, especially in nearby Asia, have been putting pressure on the rest of the world to improve and keep up with the evolving technologies of our time.
Math and Science in Australia today
Statistics have been proven that students’ interests in these subjects have been dwindling over recent years, especially in the more advanced levels of Math and Science. This was a catalyst that sparked the change to make the subjects compulsory, in hopes that students would continue with them, well into their tertiary education.
Math and Science for STEM
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. STEM skills are predicted to be the most important skills for our future generations and job markets. The future of the workforce, job descriptions and career requirements are changing and our students need to start now in order to be able to cope as they enter the work field.
Math and Science for all
Considering most students are losing interest in these subjects, educators need to find ways to make Math and Science more enticing. Hands-on and activity-based learning needs to find its way into the classrooms – all classrooms – in order for Australians to stay on the market. Theory teaching and wrote learning is simply not enough for this day and age. Teachers need to become more creative as our younger generations become more curious, less attentive and more practical in their thinking. Making a student sit in class and study a textbook to pass an exam simply will not cut it anymore.
Math and Science with STEMmates
STEMmates provides opportunities for situational learning. Learners are given an example or a project in order to learn a theory, rather than just being told to memorise a concept. They develop cognitive, critical and analytical skills in order to solve problems and form their own solutions. Working collaboratively and focusing on communication skills and teamwork, they are also able to learn from each other and then project these solutions onto real world situations. Therefore, not just learning one way of doing something, but also how to manipulate concepts in order to solve other similar problems. Show your child that Math and Science can be fun by signing up with our courses on our Facebook and website pages today.