The importance of STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths

The importance of STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths

Experts predict 75% of the fastest growing jobs will require STEM skills

The founders of Apple, Google and Facebook were in their early 20s when they started the businesses that made their fortunes. But even by their standards, the innovators of just the next 10 years are still in primary school now. That’s how fast change is happening.

Yesterday it was Apple and the iPhone, with solutions for a need we didn’t yet know existed. Tomorrow?

Why STEM?
Leaders, thinkers and governments the world over agree that STEM is the way forward in this rapidly evolving world (see below). It has huge implications for economies and the workforce of the future.

Importantly STEM has led to new and rapidly advancing disciplines like AI (Artificial Intelligence), machine learning and data analytics. These are at the forefront of technology,  giving us autonomous (self-driving) cars, facial recognition technology, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and many more.

The focus of STEM learning is the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in a practical way. Underlying STEM-thinking is innovative problem solving: the need to identify real-world needs and their solutions.

The founders of Apple (Steve Jobs), Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), Amazon (Jeff Bezos) and Microsoft (Bill Gates) were in their early 20s when they started their businesses. But even by their standards the innovators of just the next 10 years are still in primary school now.

Why STEM Toys?
Most of all, STEM toys encourage children to develop skills in the core future disciplines while having fun – even as early as 5 or 6 years of age. Consequently 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, inventor or global leader in your family?

We are proud to bring you a specially selected range of STEM toys that have clear goals, and encourage kids to thrive on all-important STEM skills.

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What world leaders say about the importance of STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths

Australia “…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 maths subjects in school and of course in universities too, the promotion of STEM is absolutely a critical part of the government’s agenda.” http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/transcript-the-scientists-and-mathematicians-in-schools-program

USA 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, President Obama 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. https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/educate-innovate

United Kingdom David Cameron has 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.” http://www.imeche.org/news/engineering/cameron-to-launch-67m-stem-initiative-08121401

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