STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. The term was coined in 2001 and since then, STEM has been receiving a lot of attention and the teaching industry around the world has been evolving and introducing new methods in order to be a part of this educational revolution. Some Australian schools have already jumped on the STEM bandwagon on their own accord but now, the Australian government is willing to start making STEM compulsory from a very early age.
The importance of STEM
STEM signifies the future of learning. As more industries move towards a higher level of technology, employees are expected to keep up. Learning STEM subjects will give future employees this edge and the ability to cope with rapidly changing times. Many other countries around the world have had greater success with students embracing STEM subjects. Australia on the other hand, hasn’t. With decreasing levels of students becoming interested in Math and Science subjects, the government has had to put its foot down.
STEM Projects in Australia
The ELSA project, or Early Learning STEM Australia, was released in March of 2018 as a series of mobile applications focusing on bringing STEM concepts to pre-schoolers. The Turnbull Government program has put in AUD$6 million dollars into this new project which currently reaches out to 4000 students in 100 preschools across Australia.
This project is just one of the initiatives under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). NISA has been working closely with the Australian government on the national STEM School Education Strategy as well. They have also invested AUD$48 million dollars into encouraging students involvement in STEM related subjects, competitions and events, such as the National Science Week.
STEM subjects are taught with very hands-on and activity based methods, making children solve problems through collaboration and critical analysis and then applying them to real world situations. Students become independent learners and are able then to see bigger pictures, using one method to solve different types of problems. They also learn skills like communication, teamwork and problem solving, skills essential to their adult lives, in any industry.
STEMmates for your children
Australia and the rest of the world are investing so much money and time to get students interested in STEM subjects in order to make sure that they are able to cope with the pressures of future employment. STEMmates is right here to help your children catch up with the STEM train. Our courses are specially designed to encourage interest in Math and Science by providing exciting projects and learning techniques. Your child will need all the help possible to keep up with this changing world, and we are here to help them, starting from ages as young as 7 years old. Find out how through our Facebook and website pages.