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.
How prepared are students?
Students in Australia are unfortunately falling behind in STEM subjects compared to their counterparts in other countries. Some students may be less prepared for STEM subjects in college while other students finish high school with no science study at all. Conversely, students that do study those subjects sometimes don’t continue studying them at a higher level and many do not work in the same industry once they graduate. Some universities also do not require these subjects as a prerequisite, even for Engineering courses, although some schools are starting to have Math prerequisites come 2019. If our students are not studying these important subjects in school, how can we then be sure they will be ready for their future careers?
Something must be done
More effort is needed to get students interested in STEM subjects. Activity-based and hands-on learning is becoming popular, as it allows students to solve problems using critical thinking and reasoning. Parents, teachers, communities and government bodies are now coming together to commit to providing our children with the best education they can get in order to ensure Australia’s success in STEM fields. Education systems in classrooms, even at a kindergarten level, are being reevaluated and redesigned to incorporate STEM teaching methods.
But learning should not just be confined to the classroom.
The future of STEM
As we continue to advance and bring technology into the classrooms with digital textbooks and virtual classroom assistants, students still need that personal guidance to help them find – and then use – information. This type of learning teaches students valuable soft skills that will be so vital to them in their adulthood.
STEM methods combine independent learning with problem-based learning and collaborative learning, empowering students to work together to solve real world issues, working out any kinks or changing ideas in order to find solutions.
STEMmates and STEM
STEMmates’ courses are designed to help children get excited about STEM subjects. We constantly come up with new courses aimed to motivate children along their path to excellence. With proper guidance and commitment, we can help to make sure our children are ready for the future. STEM is here to stay, and it is our responsibility to make sure our children are prepared. Find out about our courses from our website and Facebook pages today.