Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are essential areas of study that foster students' skills and prepare them to participate in a rapidly changing world.
Key to STEM education is the integration of curriculum areas along with general capabilities to solve authentic, real-world problems.
When students learn within the context of authentic projects, they can see clear connections between syllabus outcomes and real-world application. Through STEM, students apply skills, knowledge and understandings the way they will be applied in the workforce and in their daily lives.
Through STEM, students develop key skills to support them to succeed at schools and beyond including:
- critical thinking
- independent thinking
- digital literacy.
International research indicates that 75 percent of the fastest-growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge.