STEM Education

What Is STEM

STEM Education goes well beyond the main disciplines that constitute the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). From the earliest years children engage with the world in ways that can promote learning related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Young children usually will naturally engage in early STEM exploration through hands-on multisensory and creative experiences. By engaging in these experiences, young children are developing curiosity, inquisitiveness, critical-thinking and problem-solving capacities which are built on through their primary and post-primary school experience.

STEM education gives a cross-disciplinary approach and builds on the content knowledge and understanding developed in and across the four disciplines while acknowledging that all STEM learning activities are underpinned by Mathematics. It also recognises the strong linkage between STEM and Arts education which fosters design, creativity and innovation.

Why is STEM important?

The global economy is constantly changing. Currently, jobs that have been staples in our economy are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every single day as a result of technological advances. Constant advances in technology are persistently changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond. Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills is at an all-time high and will continue to increase in the future. Currently, a huge proportion of jobs in the fastest growing industries require workers with STEM skills. To be competitive, the Australian workforce needs people who can adapt to a changing workplace.STEM empowers individuals with the skills to succeed and adapt to this changing world.

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