STEM – ‘Science-Technology-Engineering-Maths’
Experts predict 75% of the fastest growing future occupations will require STEM skills
Educators and thinkers worldwide agree that the way forward in the 21st Century is the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – aka ‘STEM’.
What is STEM?
The focus of STEM learning is the inter-relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a practical way. Underlying STEM-thinking is the need to identify real-world needs and their solutions, with a focus on problem solving. This is particularly required for the rapidly evolving world we live in and the direction it takes, and it has implications for economies and the workforce of the future.
Yesterday it was Apple and the iPhone, with solutions for a need we didn’t know existed. Tomorrow?
The founders of the well-known ‘tech companies’ were in their teens or 20s when they started the businesses that made their fortunes. But even by the standards of Steve Jobs (Apple), Sergei Brin & Larry Page (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Bill Gates (Microsoft), the innovators of just the next 10 years are still in primary school now.
Why STEM Toys
STEM toys encourage children to explore the world around them, and develop skills in problem-solving, designing and building.
STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside school. And what engages kids outside school? TOYS, of course.
Is there a future scientist, engineer, mathematician or global leader in your family? We are proud to bring you this specially selected range of STEM toys because they have clear goals, and encourage kids to acquire all-important STEM skills while having fun.
What world leaders are saying about STEM
The Prime Minister: “…the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools Program with the CSIRO, the Government’s $3.5 million program to promote the teaching of STEM subjects in schools is all part of preparing us for the future. The reality is we are living in a much more competitive world, new technologies are disrupting the established order of industries. To succeed, to prosper, we have to be smarter, faster, more competitive, more scientifically literate, more mathematically literate, we have to be more innovative.
The promotion of STEM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics subjects in school and of course in universities too, the promotion of STEM is absolutely a critical part of the government’s agenda.”
Chief Scientist, Australia: Australia’s future will rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—disciplines at the core of innovation. Our businesses will rely on STEM to compete in the emerging sectors that new technologies will create, as well as in the existing sectors which new technologies will transform. Our workforce will require specialised skills in STEM as well as high STEM literacy across the board to sustain economic growth.
The US Administration stands committed to providing students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
That’s why in November 2009, the President launched the Educate to Innovate initiative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. This campaign includes the efforts not only of the Federal Government, but also of leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies who have come forward to answer the President’s call for all-hands-on deck.
David Cameron announced a £67 million initiative to improve teaching in mathematics, science and technology, which will see around 15,000 teachers go back to the classroom for retraining to raise school standards in the subjects.
He said: “There’s no secret to success in the modern world. If countries are going to win in the global race and children compete and get the best jobs, you need mathematicians and scientists – pure and simple.